Residents near Sparta, North Carolina, reported feeling tremors from a 5.1 magnitude earthquake that struck just after 8 am local time on August 9, according to the USGS.
The USGS said the earthquake occurred 3 km (approximately 1.8 miles) southeast of Sparta and was preceded by at least four small foreshocks ranging from magnitude 2.1 to 2.6, beginning around 25 hours prior to the quake.
Large earthquakes are relatively uncommon in the region directly surrounding the earthquake, the USGS said.
This footage was posted to Facebook by Randy K Jones, who said it was filmed in Grassy Creek, North Carolina. Credit: Randy K Jones via Storyful