Small quake shakes Blowing Rock

A micro-earthquake hit about 2 miles north-northeast of Blowing Rock, N.C., on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 25, according to the U.S. Geological Service.

A USGS report said the 2.9-magnitude trembler occurred at 2:50 p.m. There were no reports of damages. The hypocentral depth of the quake was about 6 miles.

Earlier Sunday, residents of Glen Falls, N.Y. (near Albany) experienced a 2.7-magnitude quake.

Earthquakes aren't uncommon in the inland Carolinas, but are typically minor. The strongest earthquake to hit the region occurred in 1916, when a magnitude 5.1 quake struck near Waynesville. Historical accounts describe tops of chimneys being thrown to the ground, windowpanes being shattered and people rushing into the streets.

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