USGS reports small earthquake in western North Carolina

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MARION, N.C. — A small earthquake was reported near Marion, North Carolina shortly before 8 a.m. Monday.

The 2.9 earthquake was reported 6 miles southeast of West Marion, according to the USGS.

According to the USGS, since at least 1776, people living inland in North and South Carolina, and in adjacent parts of Georgia and Tennessee, have felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from infrequent larger ones. The largest earthquake in the area (magnitude 5.1) occurred in 1916. Moderately damaging earthquakes strike the inland Carolinas every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt about once each year or two.

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