Earthquake near Blowing Rock: 2.5-magnitude earthquake reported by USGS

(USGS)

(USGS)

BLOWING ROCK, N.C. — A 2.5-magnitude earthquake was reported two miles northeast of Blowing Rock in Watauga County, according to the USGS.

The earthquake happened at 1:28 p.m. on Thursday.

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, according to the USGS.

The largest earthquake in the regionĀ (magnitude 5.1) occurred in 1916.

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