FIRST ALERT: 5.1 magnitude earthquake this morning in North Carolina

FIRST ALERT: 5.1 magnitude earthquake this morning in North Carolina
5.1 magnitude earthquake felt in North Carolina (Source: WMBF)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A 5.1 magnitude earthquake happened this morning near Sparta, North Carolina.

The earthquake happened at 8:07 AM and was felt all across the Carolinas and Deep South.

5.1 magnitude earthquake felt in North Carolina
5.1 magnitude earthquake felt in North Carolina (Source: WMBF)

This comes after a 2.6 magnitude earthquake happened in the same location yesterday.

According to the USGS database, it was the second-strongest earthquake to occur in North Carolina since 1900. The strongest was a 5.2 magnitude quake near Skyland in February 1916.

The USGS is asking people on to let them know if they felt the earthquake this morning.

Shaking could be felt in downtown Charlotte and surrounding areas. Reports of the earthquake being felt are coming in from places as far as eastern Alabama.

The USGS also reports aftershocks will continue to occur throughout the area.

Did you feel the quake? The USGS is getting reports of it being felt here in Myrtle Beach and across the Grand Strand.

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This is a developing story. We will continue to update it as we learn more information.

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