GREENVILLE, S.C. —
A 5.1 magnitude earthquake was reported in North Carolina Sunday morning, but could be felt across the region.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported the earthquake at 8:07 a.m in Sparta, North Carolina.
Sparta is in Alleghany County, near the Virginia/North Carolina line.
The depth of the quake measured at 9.2 km, roughly six miles.
— USGS (@USGS) August 9, 2020
According to reports from the USGS, the quake was felt in many areas including as far north as Lynchburg, Virginia; as far south as Greenville, South Carolina; as far east as Durham and as far west as Knoxville, Tennessee.
Dozens of people emailed and called the WYFF News 4 newsroom reporting what they felt.
(Video below: North Carolina Earthquake Garage Camera)
Many WYFF News 4 employees also felt it at their homes in several parts of the area.
“It felt like a big locomotive going by and a big wave coming underneath the bed,” said Sparta Mayor Wes Brinegar, who was awakened by the quake. “A big wave coming to lift you.”