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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