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North Carolina earthquake with 5.1-magnitude strikes north of Charlotte at Virginia border

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posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 09:03 AM
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The USGS says earthquakes become destructive at a magnitude of 4.0 to 5.0, depending on variables. A 5.3-magnitude is considered a moderate quake, the USGS says.
The agency issued a green alert, meaning there is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

The earthquake rumbled at a depth of about 5.7 miles, which is considered a shallow quake. Quakes shallower than 43 miles tend to be more destructive than deeper ones, the USGS says.
Sparta is about 100 miles north of Charlotte.
The area sits among three seismic zones, in Charleston, South Carolina, eastern Tennessee and central Virginia. Four smaller quakes, all 2.6-magnitude or lower, rumbled near Sparta on Saturday and early Sunday.

Two more temblors struck a few miles from Seymour, Tennessee, last weekend, the USGS says.



Had a little rumble here on the east coast this morning. It may be relatively small for anyone on the west coast but, as we dont tend to be wuite as seismically active over here it always piques my interest whenever we have any at all bigger than say 1 or 2 on the Richter. Hadnt seen any post about it yet,which again I realize relative to most areas that are more active it's not really a huge deal, but was kind of surprised solely because ATS used to be "on top" of even minor activity.

Saw on twitter thst there were apparently 2 smaller foreshocks in the 2 range aswell




posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 09:23 AM
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a reply to: itswhatev

I felt it briefly in North GA, though I initially heard it was at a depth of around 3 miles, which is very shallow.

Family in the surrounding Charlotte area felt it, too.



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 09:30 AM
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It had to be e felt in virginia somewhere, it was so close to the border, but I havent found any mention of it being felt in va. I am about 80 miles away and felt nothing, but people in Ohio felt it? Ga. Felt it...
Must be one weird fault line.



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 09:38 AM
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a reply to: Liquesence

Yeah looks like USGS is saying a depth of 3.7km def shallow. I didnt feel it here in Richmond [though quite a bit distance from there so not surprised really] but pretty sure that's what had my dog so anxious around the same time lol

Am on mobile and been ages since I've Made a post here on ATS [I sadly tend to stay away since it's been overrun with... well one particular ideology and that's all I'll say lol] so dont know how to edit original post but apparently thereve been roughly 7 foreshocks not just 1. All pretty small in the 2 or less range 1 in the last 24hours and 2 according to the original article I linked


Five smaller quakes, all 2.6-magnitude or lower, rumbled near Sparta on Saturday and early Sunday. Two more temblors struck a few miles from Seymour, Tennessee, last weekend, the USGS says.


After searching briefly just for more context also found an article from Septemver of last year mentioning a small "cluster" of 8 smaller quakes felt in western Nc between Sept 7th and Sept 13th. All in the 2 range with the largest being 2.5. It didnt really correlate any real significance to them, just noted they were "unusual" for the area and werent stemming from any known active fault line. Not saying those are connected necessarily to these just thought it was interesting given similar location - given the lack of seismic activity in the area.



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 09:39 AM
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a reply to: itswhatev

If I had to guess it hit on the Brevard fault line that extends from that location down through N.C. mountains and into Georgia.

I live along this fault but I didn’t feel anything. I’m guessing due to the foam mattress I sleep on.



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 09:44 AM
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a reply to: dawnstar

On twitter seems there are a handful of peolle who claim to have felt it here in Richmond which I suppose is possible since it was so shallow and given the geology of the area. I remember the 5.1 we had in 2012 I believe was felt much farther away than I expected. That one was a LOT closer [was in central Va] though. I remember watching the glass roll in waves at my job lol was pretty trippy... especially since we just dont experience many quakes here.

I'm sure todays was felt closer to the epicenter though. I'd bet anyone In bristol/Tri-cities probably felt it for sure. I have family in Wise county I'm far SW Tip of Va , haven't talked to them yet but kinda curious if they felt it aswell. Also have an aunt in Johnson City TN which is relatively close to epicenter aswell and would wager if my other relatives didnt - she probably did.

Given how "rare" earthquakes are here in this area, I'm surprised not to see more people talking about it tbh though I guess it's still pretty early maybe. It's not that far-off in scale from the 2012 quake we had in Va and that was talked about a LOT if I remember correctly for how "hIsToRiC" it was lol I cant imagine this one is any less historic by those same standards. It's the main reason I was surprised not to already see anyone post about it here in ATS when I checked.



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 09:57 AM
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a reply to: TheLieWeLive

Yeah from some of the "chatter" I've seen regarding it seems as though that's the most common belief at this time. I'm definitely not a geologist or seismologist so I have no clue how to even begin to identify which fault would be more/most likely. Just doing a bit if searching this morning on the area and its seismic history in general it seems its actually fairly close to one of the more historic earthquakes in Nc which itself was a 5.1, in 1861 a d happend near Wilkesboro NC which would be just a little south of where this epicenter was.

I did find this site Referencing North Carolina Earthquakes & Faults

Which mentions I guess the 2 "largest"[?] Faults being the Brevard you mention aswell as the Linville Fault which runs under Linville Gorge in Asheville [about 25 miles south of todays epicenter from what I believe]


The major faults of Western North Carolina discovered thus far are ancient, and none are known to be active. Most were formed during the Paleozoic mountain building episodes, around 480 to 300 million years ago. These faults are not visible as breaks in the ground surface due to their antiquity, and similarly the known faults do not correspond with the locations of historic earthquake epicenters.

The most significant fault in the region is the Brevard fault zone, which extends from Alabama to Virginia across North Carolina, where it coincides with a long, linear topographic low. Another major fault in the region is the Linville Falls fault. 



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 10:20 AM
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North Carolina rocked by 5.1 magnitude earthquake


A short 22 sec news piece. Calling it centred in Sparta.



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 10:23 AM
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Didn't feel it in Charlotte, then again I was comfortably asleep at the time.



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 10:33 AM
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a reply to: Hypntick

I have a cousin in Charlotte that did. He moved from California to get away from earthquakes, so he is not happy about this.



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 10:41 AM
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Felt reports by over 56,000 people now!
12 quakes in that area since July 25th.

On August 23rd, it will be nine years since the 5.8 eq in Mineral, Virginia. That’s only 165 miles away as the crow flies, from today’s quake! Just sayin’! 🙄

Stay aware! Maybe secure your breakables? Especially flat screen TVs & computer monitors!
Anything that could tip over. Tall bookcases, mirrors on walls, that ceramic cookie jar you put on top of the fridge to keep it away from the kids! 😃
The East coast isn’t used to thinking about things like this! Walk through your house or apartment & take a look at everything with a possible bigger eq in mind. Get some more bottled water, in case water mains would crack. Pretty hot right now if there would be no AC, because the power went out. Some good suggestions for staying cool are on YouTube.

But of course, we all still have our emergency essentials & all our quarantine supplies left! Right! Lol!

Stay safe!
WOQ



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 10:42 AM
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a reply to: kwakakev

Surprised at how little info they gave, again just in comparison to other "5+/-" earthquakes weve had in the east coast. Maybe it's just me wanting others to find it as cool/exciting/interesting as I do though lol but just seems like a relatively significant shake to have not been on a known active fault line or in a seismically active area. Perhaps it's because there have been little reports of actual damage or anything.

I am still hoping someone with more knowledge of the subject chines in though and maybe can give some more context on what if any significance this quake could have or if it possibly could still be a foreshock in anyway of other activity on faults geographically "nearby". If nothing else just to stir up some good old-fashioned doom porn haha

idk if Dutchsinse is still a controversial figure here but about a month or so ago I was watching randomly [literally randomly, first time in probably 5 or 6 years] one of his youtube videos someone posted, mostly because I hadnt heard the name in so long, but he actually had mentioned this area of North America specifically. I know he has always been controversial in the last and cone under some intense scrutiny for some of his theories about plate tectonics/faults/etc. But he was suggesting this area of the east coast [relative, again, not sure he specifically mentioned western NC just the tristate area in general I believe] could possibly see some type of movement in the near future. I didnt result give it a whole lot of thought other than "well if it does maybe I'll feel it" and "figures the first video i watch in years mentions the east coast out of all places"

But even excluding Dutch specifically just curious to know what if any relation this could have to the favorite doomporn subject of New Madrid or something. If any. Obviously if it were a major concern it would've been brought up by now by someone.. I didnt wanna lead with that line of thinking in my OP just because didnt wanns really guide the conversation as a whole. But curious none the less.

Anyone know if TrueAmerican still hangs out/lurks/posts on ATS or this forum anymore?



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 10:52 AM
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I'm in SW VA, approx 40 minutes east of Bristol, TN. Didn't personally feel it but my gf did. We had just woke up, drinking coffee, she asks me if I felt the house shake. I was a bit light headed when I woke, maybe contributed to me not paying attention or feeling the rumble.
I went to USGS to see if there was anything there and the quake had just popped up on the map.



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 10:54 AM
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so was it an up and down movement or rolling back and forth.....depends on the fault line what kind of shaking you get

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posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 10:57 AM
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a reply to: wasobservingquietly

I was living about 20 miles from Mineral when that quake hit. Was so cool to experience [as an east coaster] and def something I'll never forget.

It's also the reason my family finally developed a "SHTF" plan for a hypothetical natural disaster like that. Solely due to the loss of communications. That was probably the most unexpected and genuinely creepy thing about it imo instantly all the cell networks went down due to overload. Everyone calling everyone trying to figure out what happened. Our internet was down- even land lines were out which was just... creepy. I was at work and I remember my coworkers and I really being stressed out because we didnt know what was even going on for almost an hour, and telecommunications were down for several hours just [I assume] from being overloaded.

We did assume it was an earthquake just because of the rolling motion of it. But because it was so unusual for the area had no idea how close it was, or If we were feeling a really bad earthquake that had hit much farther away. I remember being worried about the nuke plant in lousia because of our location at the time and not knowing what exactly was going on, even not knowing the epicenter was there. My coworker was worried it was an attack of some type given the defensive production buildings in Richmond and the local military installations... she was really freaking out lol

Long story short mind was running wild with thoughts and same with my family. So we made a plan that in the event , just in case, something like that ever happened and either communications never came back up- we knew where to all meet up within a certain time frame to regroup and stuff.


But yeah like you say, most people here dont really have earthquakes in mind. Hurricanesor tornados/bad weather? Sure especially this time of year but earthquakes arent even usually on the list.


The idea this could be a precursor in itself definitely is a nagging thought in the back of my mind. Tbh a large quake has been on my mind for the last 6-9 months for some reason even though historically theres absolutely no reason to expect or believe one will happen here.... but def something I'm personally thinking of


And for me - of course I still am stocked with essentials for "quarantine" but I have been since January lol one of the benefits of being a "conspiracy theorist" is on the off chance one of the crazy theories plays out as true we usually are ahead of the curve. Covid had been on my Radar since early December lol so by January I was already pretty much stocked up in full anticipation of exactly how this has played out here. But I suppose thats info for a whole different thread lol



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 11:05 AM
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For this quake? I'm not sure I didn't personally actually feel it myself. I haven't seen any 1st hand reports either from this one that mention speciric type of movement so far either.

Hopefully the following doesnt confuse anyone since it's about a seperate earthquake from 2012 but if you're asking about the one I did experience from mineral [only because I've mentioned it in a few replies thought it was possible you were] that was definitely a rolling/swaying side to side motion that lasted for what felt like wuite a while. The glass on the front of my building was rolling in like waves almost, and all of the cars were swaying side to side like they were being pushed, and was extremely eerily loud. Definitely was back and forth though- not up and down during that one.


Granted I dont know that the 2 earthquakes [ that one and todays] are.pn the same fault line. If todays was on the Brevard fault it does technically run up through Virginia aswell but I don't think the epicenter of the Mineral quake was on the fault line. Tbh I cant really remember though but the name doesnt sound familiar so my first assumption is that it wasnt.

a reply to: research100



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 01:01 PM
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originally posted by: itswhatev
MSN article


The USGS says earthquakes become destructive at a magnitude of 4.0 to 5.0, depending on variables. A 5.3-magnitude is considered a moderate quake, the USGS says.
The agency issued a green alert, meaning there is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

The earthquake rumbled at a depth of about 5.7 miles, which is considered a shallow quake. Quakes shallower than 43 miles tend to be more destructive than deeper ones, the USGS says.
Sparta is about 100 miles north of Charlotte.
The area sits among three seismic zones, in Charleston, South Carolina, eastern Tennessee and central Virginia. Four smaller quakes, all 2.6-magnitude or lower, rumbled near Sparta on Saturday and early Sunday.

Two more temblors struck a few miles from Seymour, Tennessee, last weekend, the USGS says.



Had a little rumble here on the east coast this morning. It may be relatively small for anyone on the west coast but, as we dont tend to be wuite as seismically active over here it always piques my interest whenever we have any at all bigger than say 1 or 2 on the Richter. Hadnt seen any post about it yet,which again I realize relative to most areas that are more active it's not really a huge deal, but was kind of surprised solely because ATS used to be "on top" of even minor activity.

Saw on twitter thst there were apparently 2 smaller foreshocks in the 2 range aswell


I'm in western NC and it rumbled enough to wake me up



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 02:10 PM
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I’m in PA & we felt the 5.8 here! My first & only earthquake! I was sitting at the computer & it felt like somebody grabbed ahold of the computer chair & shook it! Then I remembered that I was the only one at home! 😂
One of my oldest daughter’s coworkers, immediately told her to call her Mom, & ask her what that was! Apparently daughter had labeled me the ‘crazy eq lady’! But who did they call as soon as they felt one?! Lol! Guess I redeemed myself!

The night before Chile’s 8.8 quake in 2010, people in PA & OH hear loud noises that they said sounded like someone banging hard on their door! So much so, that they got up out of bed to go check! So apparently there are some interconnecting places!

I got the grandkids walk-in-talkies for Christmas one year. Figured that they would be good to have, if there was a chance that they might still work, even if cells & landlines were out. Not sure. But if they would work, it might be time to get everybody one! Because of everything that’s going on right now, not just quakes! 🙄

This is a map of an East coast fault line, that I found on Pinterest of all places! I hope it works! ATS is the only place that I haven’t been able to figure out how to post pictures!

www.pinterest.com...

WOQ



posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 02:10 PM
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posted on Aug, 9 2020 @ 02:36 PM
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North Carolina Hit by Super Shallow M5.1 Earthquake and Aftershocks


This video goes for 2:22 and looks at some of the google earth maps in the region of the earthquake.



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