Powerful 5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Charlotte Area Sunday, One of Several in N.C.

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake felt in Charlotte shortly after 8 a.m. Sunday was centered just over a mile south of Sparta, near the Virginia border, the strongest quake to hit North Carolina in more than a century.

In fact, it was the strongest earthquake in the state since 1916, according to the National Weather Service, when a 5.2 magnitude quake occurred near Skyland, just outside of Asheville.

Sparta is an Alleghany County town of about 1,800 people, 100 miles north of Charlotte.

Read more at the Charlotte Observer

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