2.3 magnitude quake shakes North Carolina days after another small quake hit same area

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Another small earthquake shook North Carolina near Winston-Salem on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 24.

The 2.3 magnitude quake hit just after 4 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Its epicenter was located about 4 miles south-southwest of Winston-Salem, which is in Forsyth County, about 100 miles west of Raleigh.

The USGS said it was about 0.8 miles deep.

More than 100 people had reported feeling the earthquake to the USGS as of about 9 a.m. Nov. 24. Those who felt it can report it on the USGS website.

The earthquake comes just days after a 2.4 magnitude quake was reported in the same area on Sunday, Nov. 21. Its epicenter was located about 3 miles south-southwest of Winston-Salem, and about 200 people had reported feeling it to the USGS as of Nov. 24.

Earthquakes with a magnitude of 2.5 or less are “usually not felt” but can still be recorded by a seismograph, according to Michigan Tech. Millions of them are reported each year.

North Carolina has “its share of earthquakes,” according to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. But “large, damaging seismic events” are not common in the state.

In August 2020, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded in North Carolina near Sparta. It was the second-strongest quake recorded in the state since 1900, according to the National Weather Service. The strongest was a 5.2 magnitude quake that was reported near Skyland in the Asheville area in 1916.

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