Sparta, NC (CW69 News at 10/CNN) — Did y’all feel that? A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit about 2 miles from the town of Sparta, North Carolina, along the state’s border with Virginia, according to the preliminary report from the US Geological Survey.
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People felt the quake, whose epicenter is in Allegheny County, as far away as Stockbridge, Georgia, according to social media posts. It struck about 8:07 a.m. ET.
Information on damage in the area was not immediately available, but the USGS says earthquakes become destructive at a magnitude of 4.0 to 5.0, depending on variables.READ MORE: Attorneys Rush To Block Demolition Of Arrive Perimeter Apt. Building Following Explosion
A 5.3-magnitude is considered a moderate quake, the USGS says.
The agency issued a green alert, meaning there is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.
The temblor rumbled at a depth of about 5.7 miles, which is considered a shallow quake. Quakes shallower than 43 miles tend to be more destructive than deeper ones.
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