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1.6 magnitude earthquake reported in Catawba, N.C.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake was detected nine miles away...
According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake was detected nine miles away from Newton and 11.3 miles away from Statesville around 7:52 a.m. Friday.(USGC)
Updated: Feb. 26, 2021 at 4:15 PM EST
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CATAWBA, N.C. (WBTV) - A 1.6 magnitude earthquake was reported in Catawba, North Carolina early Friday morning.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake was detected nine miles away from Newton and 11.3 miles away from Statesville around 7:52 a.m. Friday.

The earthquake was recorded at a depth of 0.1 kilometers.

There's no information on any damage or injuries sustained in this earthquake.

Since at least 1776, people living inland in North and South Carolina, and in adjacent parts of Georgia and Tennessee, have felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from infrequent larger ones.

In Aug. 2020, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake was reported near Sparta, North Carolina, and thousands of people in the Charlotte area felt the remnants of it. It was one of the largest earthquakes ever reported in the state.

Earthquakes in the central and eastern United States are less frequent than in the western part of the country, but are typically felt over a much broader region.

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