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Tremors Continue Following 5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Near Sparta, NC

Tremors Continue Following 5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Near Sparta, NC

Residents of Sparta, North Carolina continue to experience tremors Monday morning following a 5.1 magnitude earthquake on Sunday, August 9th, 2020.  The The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has recorded 5 aftershocks since Sunday, 3 of which have occurred on Monday morning:

  • 1.7 magnitude at 11:58 a.m. Sunday.
  • 2.0 magnitude at 2:05 a.m. Monday.
  • 2.2 magnitude at 4:43 a.m. Monday.
  • 2.2 magnitude at 7:10 a.m. Monday.

The USGS has stated that additional tremors are likely this week.

“When there are more earthquakes, the chance of a large earthquake is greater which means that the chance of damage is greater,” the U.S. Geological Survey said. “According to our forecast, over the next one week there is a 4% chance of one or more aftershocks that are larger than magnitude 5.1. It is likely that there will be smaller earthquakes over the next one week, with magnitude 3 or higher aftershocks.”

According to the National Weather Service, this was the largest earthquake in North Carolina since 1916.

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