5.1 magnitude natural disaster rattles parts of NC, Georgia

Elias Hubbard
August 9, 2020

WCNC's Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich said Sunday morning's quake would be the biggest in North Carolina since the 5.1 in 1916 near Asheville.

The last time an natural disaster was recorded close to Boone was on March 16, 2020 when a 1.9 magnitude was in Wilkes County.

The quake comes after a 2.6 magnitude natural disaster hit in that same area around 1:57 a.m. Sunday.

There have been no immediate reports of damage, nor injuries.

WataugaOnline.com will update as more information becomes available.

On Twitter, "earthquake", "NCEarthquake", and "5.1 magnitude", were all trending as of Sunday morning.

Earthquakes in North Carolina are rare.

The quake, one of the largest on record for the region, hit about 1 mile outside of Sparta, North Carolina.

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 natural disaster could potentially produce aftershocks, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. "The largest natural disaster in the area (magnitude 5.1) occurred in 1916".

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