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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 07:22

Earthquake Reported Sunday in Watauga

earthquake intensity map showing Sunday's earthquake in Watauga County earthquake intensity map showing Sunday's earthquake in Watauga County from the U.S. Geological Survey

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has confirmed that a 2.4-magnitude earthquake occurred in Watauga County Sunday (August 24). The event was recorded at 7:16 p.m. with the epicenter of the earthquake four kilometers northeast of Blowing Rock. It had a depth of 12 kilometers.

Residents from Blowing Rock, Boone, Collettsville, Aho and other locations in Watauga County reported feeling the earthquake.

The earthquake was similar to a 2.5-magnitude event in June 2014; a 2.3-magnitude earthquake in May 2014; and a 2.9-magnitude earthquake in the Boone area in August 2013. All three of those events had an epicenter near Blowing Rock.

In November 2012, a 4.3-magnitude earthquake shook western North Carolina, but the epicenter of that quake was in Eastern Kentucky, about 100 miles from Boone.

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