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Photos, videos capture moments during and after North Carolina earthquake

According to the USGS, Sunday mornings earthquake was centered near Sparta, NC just after 8 a.m.

SPARTA, N.C. — The USGS (United States Geological Survey) reported a 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook up the Triad and other parts of North Carolina Sunday morning. It was centered near Sparta, NC, and was the strongest quake to hit the state in more than 100 years. There was a 5.2 magnitude quake near Asheville back in 1916. 

Sunday morning's earthquake not only woke many out of bed but it also caused some damage. Here is a look at some of the photos of damage and videos of the shaking. 


Dwayne Young out of Stokes County sent us a picture of a crack in the ceiling of his garage caused by the earthquake. 

Credit: Dwayne Young
Dwayne Young, one of our weather spotters in Stokes, sent a picture of a crack in the ceiling of his garage after a 5.1 earthquake that shook Noth Carolina on Aug. 9, 2020.

Out in the Boone area, Lori reported having a crack on her brick porch caused by the 5.1 magnitude earthquake. 

This video from River Brooks captures the impact of the Sunday morning earthquake from inside a Sparta, NC home!

Another shows a gym owned by Megan and Drew Edwards being completed rattled by the intensity of the earthquake. 

This video from the inside of a salon in Sparta, North Carolina shows the camera being knocked down during the rattling. 

Many pictures were also posted to the Carolina Weather Group Twitter page showing damage. Here is a picture from Terry Greene that shows pictures from Chestnut Grove Church Road in Sparta, NC, and the impact of the earthquake. 

Another captures structural damage to a home in Sparta,NC from Courtney Billings.

Not only did the earthquake impact homes, roads, and other structures, but it also had an impact on grocery stores! Here are pictures captured from a Food Lion in Sparta, NC.  

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