Miami : 5.1 tremor wakes North Carolina –

SPARTA, North Carolina – Authorities say an earthquake was felt across much of North Carolina early Sunday, shaking homes, buildings and residents.

The National Weather Service in Greenville said the 5.1-magnitude quake struck at 8:07 a.m., following a much smaller quake several hours earlier.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

It was the strongest earthquake to hit the state since 1916, when a 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck near Skyland, the weather service said.

The United States Geological Survey said the quake’s epicenter was about 2.5 miles southeast of Sparta.

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