Yes, Charlotte, That Was an Earthquake
A 5.1-magnitude one in Sparta
A 5.1-magnitude earthquake in Sparta, North Carolina, shook Charlotte homes on Sunday morning, the United States Geological Survey confirms. Around 2 a.m., a smaller one—with a 2.6 magnitude—hit the same area. WCNC chief meteorologist Brad Panovich tweeted after the event that it’s the biggest quake in the state since a 5.2 in 1916, near Asheville. More reactions below:
We’ll be updating this story with more information as it becomes available.