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5.1 magnitude earthquake rattles Charlotte area Sunday. One of two to hit area

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake felt in Charlotte shortly after 8 a.m. Sunday was centered just over a mile south of Sparta, North Carolina, near near the Virginia border.

Sparta is about 100 miles north of Charlotte.

People in the immediate area of Sparta reported “strong shaking,” the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

It was the second of two quakes centered in that region in the past 12 hours.

The first was a 2.6 magnitude quake that rattled Sparta, felt about 1:57 a.m. It was centered 2 miles from Sparta, officials said.

The 5.1 quake emerged from 5.7 miles below the surface, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

People in the Charlotte region reported being roused from sleep by the shaking and comments began to explode on social media.

The U.S. Geological Survey said reports of reports coming in from as far south as Augusta, Ga., and as far north as Staunton, Va.

“It was very strong outside of Boone at Powder Horn Mountain. The entire house shook,” Rhonda Hager tweeted.

“Felt it here in Raleigh clear as day was in the shower,” Tye Smith posted on Twitter.

“Felt it in Avery Co N.C. 55 gal fish tank was rolling,” Bobby Cantrell tweeted.

Did You Feel It??? According to the USGS, North Carolina just experienced a 5.1 magnitude earthquake with the epicenter at 2 km SSE of Sparta, North Carolina. For more info click here https://t.co/cq5bMmUcJD pic.twitter.com/pzAt8tvuRP

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