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.