Earthquake felt in NC

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NORTH CAROLINA– The National Weather Service Monday morning reported that an earthquake was felt moderately by many people in the northern mountains, northern foothills and northwest Piedmont.

No damage or injuries have been reported from the earthquake, which occurred at 1:44 a.m. ET.

The National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Co., has indicated the earthquake, a magnitude 3.0, was centered at 36.061 north latitude and 81.509 west longitude — about nine miles north of Lenoir, N.C. The earthquake was measured at almost 10 miles deep.

Some residents told WBTV the earthquake sounded like an explosion, shaking their home and rattling windows.

The shaking lasted around four to five seconds, according to Lenoir resident Carol Fox.

Nearby resident Lydia Stewart said the shaking lasted around eight or nine seconds. She said she, along with her neighbors, heard two “enormous explosive booms.” The earthquake was reported early on Monday morning, but Stewart says she heard a “boom” around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.

“I think it was just before 2:00 a.m.,” said Andrew Doll, who lives in Patterson. “The ground was shaking and it was kind of a ‘boom’.”

When it happened, Doll said he thought it may be some sort of tremor. He said he’s never felt something like that since he’s been living outside of Lenoir.

“It shook my house,” said Leonard Woods, who lives about two miles from Lenoir. “A few minutes later my Mom calls me and says a car has run into the side of her house.” Woods said she looked around her house and in a few neighboring yards but couldn’t find anything.

“I couldn’t figure out what it was,” said Woods.