Rumble wakens some in NC after minor earthquake - FOX Carolina 21

Rumble wakens some in NC after minor earthquake

Posted: Updated:
FRANKLIN, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Some people in western North Carolina might have felt a light rumble Tuesday night after a tiny earthquake registered.

The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude 2.0 earthquake happened about 11 p.m. and the  epicenter was in the Nantahala National Forest in Macon County, about 7 miles NNE of Franklin.

The USGS said it was not enough to cause damage but some might have felt a jolt.

FOX Carolina has received calls from people in Rutherford, Jackson and Swain counties who said they felt the tremors.

According to the USGS, one to two minor earthquakes are felt each year in the Carolinas while moderately damaging earthquakes strike the inland Carolinas every few decades.

While it was a minor earthquake, the USGS said eastern quakes can be felt further from their epicenters. For example, they report a magnitude 4.0 in the eastern U.S. earthquake can typically be felt places as far as 60 miles from where it occurred.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow
Fox Carolina
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, WHNS; Greenville, SC. (A Meredith Corporation Station) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.