Earthquake; Sparta, NC; 5.1

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M 5.1 - 4 km SE of Sparta, North Carolina
2020-08-09 12:07:37 (UTC)36.476°N 81.093°W3.7 km depth (source: USGS)
At approximately 8:07AM local time (EDT) there was a 5.1M earthquake centered near Sparta NC. It has been reported to have been felt all throughout the state (according to individual witness reports on reddit and news reports on broadcast media). I am in Durham, NC and managed to sleep right through it, but then again I have dozed off on the subway on the way home from work. No casualties or serious damage reported that I am so far aware of. Some aftershocks expected.

The USGS says three smaller earthquakes were reported in the area prior to the large natural phenomenon:

A 2.3 magnitude earthquake was reported around 11:43 p.m. Saturday, about 3.3 miles south southeast of Sparta.
A 2.0 magnitude quake occurred at 1:02 a.m. Sunday about 3.8 miles south southeast of Sparta.
A 2.2 magnitude earthquake was detected in the Sparta area earlier Sunday morning, around 1:06 a.m.

USGS: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us6000bbei/executive

News:
https://www.foxnews.com/us/5-1-magnitude-earthquake-sparta-nc-report
https://abcnews.go.com/US/51-magnitude-earthquake-north-carolina-virginia-border/story?id=72266987
https://abc11.com/nc-earthquake-in-today-carolina/6362392/
https://www.wspa.com/news/prelimina...near-nc-several-reporting-feeling-in-upstate/

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