North Carolina earthquake with magnitude 5.1 strikes north of Charlotte on the Virginia border

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The quake, whose epicenter is in Allegheny County, was felt as far away as South Carolina and Georgia, according to social media posts. It rang around 8:07 a.m. ET.Information on damage in the area was not immediately available, but the USGS says earthquakes are becoming destructive at magnitude 4.0 to 5.0, depending on the variables.

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake is considered a moderate earthquake, according to the USGS.

The agency has issued a green alert, which means there is a low probability of casualties and damage.

The earthquake rumbled to a depth of about 5.7 miles, which is considered a shallow earthquake. Earthquakes shallower than 43 miles tend to be more destructive than deeper ones.

Sparta is approximately 100 miles north of Charlotte.

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