Approximately 45,000 people reported feeling the Sunday morning quake.
The earthquake, which was reported at 8:07 a.m., according to local reports, is one of the strongest in the state’s history. US Geological Survey stated a magnitude 5.1 earthquake was felt on Sunday morning near Sparta, North Carolina.
In 1916, the region experienced another 5.1 magnitude earthquake — the largest reported in the area, according to a U.S. Geological Survey tweet. The epicenter was approximately 37 miles from Boone, North Carolina, and 46 miles from Lenoir, North Carolina. Approximately 45,000 people have reported feeling the quake as of just before 10 a.m. ET.
“The USGS advises everyone to be aware of the possibility of aftershocks, especially when in or around vulnerable structures such as unreinforced masonry buildings,” its website reads