Early Sunday saw the most powerful tremor to hit the Tar Hill State in more than a decade, said an Associated Press report.
The 5.1-magnitude quake shook the area at 8:07 a.m., according to The National Weather Service in Greenville.
There Are No Reports of Damage or Injuries Despite the Intense Rattling
CNN details that it shook about 2 miles (3.22 kilometers) from Sparta, North Carolina, along its border with Virginia.
Sparta is located 100 miles (160.93 km) north of Charlotte.
The firefighters union tweeted: “Good Morning Charlotte.”
“Most of you are awake” beyond doubt due to “an earthquake you felt.”
The union noted that “no damage or injuries” were reported.
The jolt, however, was such “a wake-up call.”
North Carolinians’ Recollection of the Wake-Up Tremor
Sparta Mayor Wes Brinegar told CNN that there were no reports of injuries, but there is damage in the town.
Mayor Brinnegar said that his residence’s foundation cracked, and a handful of items fell from shelves.
The mayor added he “has lived here” all his life and has never “felt anything like that.”
One resident, Michael Hull, was in his driveway when he noticed a herd of deer running, as per the Associated Press.
He recounts, the “side-to-side motion” began in less than a minute.
It took him “a minute to realize what’s happening” and “just can’t believe it.”
It was deafening “like God shook a mountain, literally.”
Another North Carolinian, Karen Backer, was in her Greensboro apartment when it happened.
When she heard the noise in her kitchen, she initially mistook the banging for her roommate.
Backer said, “nothing could surprise” her this year.
However, “a hurricane and an earthquake” hitting the Tar Hill State “in the same week” is insane, she added.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS)
USGS says the quake rumbled at a depth of about 5.7 miles and is considered shallow.
Tremors tend to be more destructive if they are shallower than 43 miles, the USGS adds.
The agency also advised, on its website, that the quake can be part of a sequence of larger quakes.
The USGS offers a forecast on the aftershocks on its official website.