Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake Near Sparta, North Carolina

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A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck near Sparta, North Carolina August 9, 2020 at 8:07 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Seismic instruments indicate the earthquake originated at a depth of about 2.3 miles. The USGS currently estimates there is a low likelihood of casualties or damage from this earthquake.

The earthquake struck about two miles southeast of Sparta. The event was widely felt, with more than 80,000  “Did You Feel It?” reports submitted as of 1 p.m. eastern daylight time. Most reported weak to light shaking while those closest to the epicenter felt strong to very strong shaking.

USGS scientists expect that this event will trigger aftershocks, but these will decrease in frequency over time. See the aftershock forecast for more details.

The USGS is coordinating its response with the University of Memphis, Center for Earthquake Research and Information.

Visit the USGS earthquake event page for more information. If you felt this earthquake, report your experience on the “USGS Did You Feel It?” website for this event.

The USGS operates a 24/7 National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado that can be reached for more information at 303-273-8500. 

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