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


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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