Small earthquake shakes parts of western NC - FOX Carolina 21

Small earthquake shakes parts of western NC

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SYLVA, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Some residents in Jackson and Macon counties likely got a rude awakening Thursday morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude 2.5 earthquake shook just before 6 a.m., and was located just off Bettys Creek Road in Sylva, near US Highway 441.

Earthquakes in the area aren't unusual. The largest quake to hit the area was a magnitude 5.1 in 1916, according to the USGS.

The inland areas of both North and South Carolina aren't near any known major faults, but there are smaller faults that are known and others that remain undetected, geologists said.

The USGS said most residents who felt the quake felt weak to light shaking. There were no reports of damage.

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