Sunday Evening Earthquake

Last Updated on August 24, 2014 7:52 pm

***For more information about the history of earthquakes in the High Country visit High Country Earthquake History page***

The USGS has confirmed a 2.4 magnitude earthquake near Blowing Rock from Sunday evening.  The Watauga Roads social media outlets were quite active with questions and comments about a possible earthquake in the area starting just before 7:20pm. Many residents reported a possible sound of thunder while others commented of feeling a shaking that lasted roughly 3-5 seconds.

As of 7:52pm Sunday there was nothing officially from the USGS, but the seismograph in Camp Creek, NC did detect some shaking around 7:17pm according to Brad Panovich of NBC Charlotte.

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On Monday morning the confirmation from USGS showed the quake 2 miles northeast of Blowing Rock and 4 miles South-southeast of Boone.

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Graphics: Brad Panovich “This is the 3rd earthquake near the Tweetsie Railroad since May. M2.3 5/3/2014, M2.5 6/12/2014, M2.4 8/24/2014. All small but this is the only cluster of quakes in western NC this year.”

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For more information on past earthquakes in the High Country see these articles:

Earthquake Confirmed Thursday Evening

Early Morning Earthquake Near Blowing Rock

South Carolina Earthquake Felt In Watauga & Ashe

Earthquake Near Blowing Rock

Area Residents Feel Earthquake Rumble

Virginia Earthquake Felt In The High Country

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