North Carolina-Earthquake-December 8

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-December 8

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

On Tuesday a 2.1 magnitude earthquake hit at 9:46 a.m. Tuesday about 10 miles north of Lenoir and about 14 miles southeast of Boone. The quake only triggered 7 calls because it was relatively mild.

The epicenter was about three miles deep, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which confirmed the seismic event. The map below confirms the Dec 6, 2016 location.


Apparently the strongest earthquake to ever hit North Carolina occurred on February 21, 1916 and was estimated to 5.2 magnitude in strength. The center was in and around Skyland NC which is located south of Asheville.

Tops of chimneys were thrown to the ground; windowpanes were broken in many houses; and people rushed into the streets at Waynesville. Most of the damage was broken or cracked plaster.

Here is what I could find on a list of NC Earthquakes

March 8, 1735 – The first North Carolina earthquake on record hit near Bath.

1811-1812 – The great earthquakes centered in the Mississippi Valley near New Madrid, Mo., were felt throughout North Carolina.

1874 – Western North Carolina residents, particularly those in McDowell County, could feel the earth move about 75 times between Feb. 10 and April 17.

Jan. 18, 1884 – An earthquake shook houses in Wilmington, rattling crockery off shelves.

Aug. 6, 1885 – Reports of houses rocking violently and dishes rattling near Blowing Rock.

Aug. 31, 1886 – A major earthquake near Charleston, S.C., caused about 60 deaths near the epicenter and widespread property damage. In North Carolina, there were reports of toppled chimneys, fallen plaster and cracked walls in Charlotte, Raleigh, Hillsborough, Elizabethtown, Henderson, Abbottsburg, Waynesville and Whiteville.

Jan. 1, 1913 – Chimneys in Kings Mountain fell from a shock in Union County, S.C. This earthquake was felt in Raleigh – about 180 miles away,

Feb. 21, 1916 – One of the largest earthquakes within North Carolina borders was centered near Asheville. Damage was limited to cracked plaster and falling crockery.

July 8, 1926 – A shock caused a broken water pipeline and cracked building foundations in southern Mitchell County.

Nov. 2, 1928 – A tremor in Asheville created mild panic in a theater and caused damage in upper stories of buildings.

March 5, 1958 – A shock occurred in the Wilmington area near the same place as the 1884 tremor.

Dec. 13, 1969 – A minor earthquake with a sonic boom-like noise awakened many in Jackson County in the western part of the state. Rumbling noises were reported in North Carolina and South Carolina.

June 4, 1998 – A 3.2 magnitude quake shook Davidson, about 20 miles north of Charlotte.

Dec. 9, 2003 – A magnitude 4.5 earthquake recorded about 30 miles west of Richmond, Va., caused ripple effects in Raleigh and other parts of the Triangle.

March 21, 2011 – A magnitude 2.9 earthquake shook portions of four counties southeast of Charlotte, nearly two weeks after the 9.0 quake that devastated Japan.




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