Nelson County, Virginia
I’ll admit it. I felt nothing. But our neighbors down the road sent me a text. “Did you just feel that, was that an earthquake?” Apparently it was. A magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit near Sparta, North Carolina around 8:07 AM.
Our BRL Facebook page is lighting up with comments from all over the region.
Video: The moment a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck near Sparta, North Carolina, this morning. The earthquake was the largest to hit North Carolina since 1916. pic.twitter.com/zei5mPstX7
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) August 9, 2020
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BLACKSBURG VA 928 AM EDT SUN AUG 9 2020 ...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT... ...5.1 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE NEAR SPARTA, NC.... PER THE USGS, A 5.1 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE OCCURRED AT 8:07 AM EDT THIS MORNING, WITH THE EPICENTER LOCATED 3 KM OR APPROXIMATELY 4.8 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SPARTA, NORTH CAROLINA. THIS FOLLOWED A MUCH WEAKER EARTHQUAKE OF 2.6 MAGNITUDE THAT OCCURRED AT 1:57 AM EDT THIS MORNING. PLEASE GO TO THIS WEBSITE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS EARTHQUAKE: HTTPS://EARTHQUAKE.USGS.GOV/EARTHQUAKES. THIS IS THE VERY SAME INFORMATION THAT IS AVAILABLE TO US HERE AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEITHER MONITORS NOR FORECASTS EARTHQUAKES. THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY (USGS) IS THE ONLY FEDERAL AGENCY WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR RECORDING AND REPORTING EARTHQUAKE ACTIVITY NATIONWIDE.
Did you feel it? You can send a report to the USGS earthquake center by clicking this hyperlink : https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60324281/tellus
Also, be sure to add your comments here in this post so we know where you felt it!