Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake Hits Near Sparta, North Carolina - Aug. 9, 2020.mp4
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A moderate 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook several states in the Southeastern U.S. on Sunday morning.
The earthquake struck at 8:07 a.m.ET about a mile south-southeast of Sparta, North Carolina, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Sparta is in Alleghany County on the North Carolina-Virginia border about 90 miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina.
It was the sixth earthquake in the area in a little more than 24 hours. A series of small quakes began at 7:05 a.m. Saturday. The strongest of those was a 2.6 magnitude tremor that struck about 2 miles south of Sparta at 1:57 a.m. Sunday, the USGS reported.
The USGS reported that the quake was felt as far south as Augusta, Georgia, and as far north as Staunton, Virginia.
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