North Carolina rocked by 5.1 magnitude earthquake

North Carolina rocked by 5.1 magnitude earthquake
A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck North Carolina Sunday morning, the strongest earthquake to hit the area in more than a century. (United States Geological Survey/United States Geological Survey)

SPARTA, N.C. — A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck North Carolina Sunday morning, the strongest earthquake to hit the area in more than a century.  

The United States Geological Survey recorded the earthquake around 8 a.m. near Sparta. 

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Officials said small earthquakes have been felt in the inland areas of North and South Carolina since 1776

The largest earthquake to hit the area was in 1916 — it was also measured at 5.1 magnitude.