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BLOG | Magnitude 5.1 earthquake rattles North Carolina!

According to the USGS database, this is the strongest earthquake to hit North Carolina in more than 100 years.

NORTH CAROLINA, USA — If you felt it, you definitely weren't alone. Several in the Triad and across North Carolina woke up feeling their house shaking on Sunday morning! 

The USGS reported a 5.1 magnitude earthquake was centered near Sparta, NC just after 8 a.m. 

According to the USGS database,  the Sunday morning earthquake was the strongest earthquake to hit North Carolina in more than 100 years.

AUGUST 9, 2020

8:09 a.m. – WFMY’s Tim Buckley shares a tweet about the earthquake which just hit the Triad

8:28 a.m. – Chief Meteorologist Tim Buckley reports a large 5.1 magnitude earthquake was reported near Sparta.

8:29 a.m. – Tim shares a link where Triad residents can report if they felt the earthquake

8:45 a.m. – Tim Buckley reported this crack in Dwayne Young’s garage in Stokes County Sunday morning shortly after the earthquake

9:19 a.m. – Tim reports the most recent large earthquake anywhere near the Triad was near Richmond, Virginia back in 2011, he says it was a 5.8 magnitude earthquake.

9:38 a.m. – Tim shares guidelines on earthquake magnitudes from USGS.

10 a.m. – Paige Flotkoetter shared this video during the 5.1 magnitude earthquake that shook North Carolina. It was captured in her home in Huntersville.

10:29 a.m. – Tim reports this is the strongest earthquake to hit North Carolina since 1916.

10:32 a.m. - Tim shares this video from a viewer

11:33 a.m. - WFMY shares the latest on the earthquake which hit North Carolina Sunday morning.

12:06 p.m. – Tim Buckley shares this tweet about viewer’s questions about aftershocks.

12:45 p.m. - This video from River Brooks captured the impact of the earthquake from inside a home in Sparta.

1:02 p.m. – Tim shares these pictures sent in from a viewer of what appears to be a broken television and cracked brick wall.

1:55 p.m. - Sparta gym rattles from the impact of Sunday morning earthquake

This video captured from inside a gym in Sparta owned by Megan and Drew Edwards, shows the tremendous impact of the earthquake.