Strongest Earthquake In 100 Years Jolts Carolinas, Virginia | TimeTestedNews

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. Shaking jolted people awake, resulted in several power outages

People across the Carolinas and Virginia were jolted by an earthquake Sunday morning, of a strength so rare in that part of the country that there hasn’t been one like it in more than 100 years.

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) says the Magnitude 5.1 tremor struck around 8:07 a.m. at depth of around 3.7 km near Sparta, North Carolina, not far from the border with Virginia.

That is relatively shallow, so it would have been felt over a large area, and the USGS says it’s received 45,000 reports of shaking, mostly from across the Carolinas and Virginia but also in surrounding states.

Carolinas Earthquake

Sunday’s tremor follows a smaller quake that was detected in the early morning hours of Sunday in the same area, rated Magnitude 2.6.

Some power outages have been reported in the region along with the widespread shaking, which was intense enough to wake people up, according to local media.

“When it hit here first, it sounded like a long roar of thunder then it shook for about 3 minutes,” Emily Poff told North Carolina broadcaster WXII. “It was very intense.”

As for what’s ahead, the USGS says there is a 57 per cent chance of aftershocks of at least Magnitude 3 over the next week, and a five per cent chance of another Magnitude 5 quake. The service says quakes of this magnitude are rare in that part of the U.S., but not impossible.

“Since at least 1776, people living inland in North and South Carolina, and in adjacent parts of Georgia and Tennessee, have felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from infrequent larger ones,” the USGS says. “The largest earthquake in the area (magnitude 5.1) occurred in 1916.”