If you felt something this morning, it may have been tremors from an earthquake.
At 8:07 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck North Carolina with the epicenter in Sparta, NC – near the Virginia border. Tremors could be felt in the Triangle, including Carrboro.
There have been no immediate reports of injuries, but some minor damage in the Sparta area. As with any earthquake, the potential for aftershocks to occur today or the next few days is possible.
Carrboro Fire Chief David Schmidt said there have been no emergency calls for service or reports of damage to either Carrboro Fire or Police departments. We will continue to monitor throughout the day.
According to the National Weather Service, this is the strongest earthquake to hit North Carolina since one near Skyland, NC, in February 1916.
Did You Feel It? You can make a report to the United States Geological Survey: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us6000bbei/tellus
To Stay Safe in earthquakes and aftershocks:
DROP: When shaking starts, get down on the floor.
COVER: Take cover under a desk, table or other furniture. Or crouch against an inside wall. Cover your head/neck with your arms.
HOLD ON: to a desk, table or piece of furniture.