Quake rocks North Carolina

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

SPARTA, N.C. — The most pow­er­ful earth­quake to hit North Carolina in more than 100 years shook much of the state early Sun­day, rat­tling homes, busi­nesses and res­i­dents.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice in Greenville said the 5.1-mag­ni­tude tem­blor struck at 8:07 a.m. There were no re­ports of se­ri­ous in­juries, but some mi­nor struc­tural dam­age was re­ported in Sparta, as well as cracks in roads.

Michael Hull was stand­ing in his drive­way at his home in Sparta when he no­ticed a group of deer run­ning.

“Not even a minute passed and the side-to-side mo­tion started,” Hull said. “It takes you a minute to re­al­ize what’s hap­pen­ing, and you just can’t be­lieve it. Then it was over. It was loud, like God was shak­ing a moun­tain at you, lit­er­ally.”

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