For the second time in nearly a month an earthquake has been registered just southwest of the High Country. A 2.5 magnitude earthquake was registered at 9:38pm Monday night in Yancey County. The quake’s center was 4 miles NNW of Burnsville, North Carolina and roughly 56 miles SW of Boone, according to the US Geological Survey report. There are no reports of damage according to WLOS-TV. In early February a 2.1 magnitude quake was recorded near Bakersville, NC in Mitchell County.
The last earthquake officially felt in the High Country was December 15, 2014. There have been 9 recorded quakes felt in the High Country since 2011 and 6 of those occurring in 2014 alone. For information on the history of earthquakes locally visit High Country Earthquake History.