posted on Oct, 17 2006 @ 05:28 PM
I beg to differ with you, Oxy--they definately DO happen around here. I've lived in NC most of my life, in the mountains, and I have been in 5 that
registered more than 2.0 and one that registered better than 3.2. We have tremors all the time.
I live about 12 miles southwest of the epicenter, and felt the 2.6 we had at 4:57 EDT this morning. It was nowhere near Raleigh, unless you consider
110 miles WNW of there "close". The epicenter was, in fact, located near the Smith/Reynolds Airport in Winston Salem about 5 km underground. Here,
it sounded exctly like an explosion--a sharp "boom" followed by the floor jumping and the rattling of windows. The whole event lasted about 5
seconds. Since I live in an area where bedrock is either exposed or very close to the surface, (lots of gravel quarries in the area), we feel light
tremors here quite often.
FWIW, the last thing on my mind was "quake". I just thought something blew up.