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Moderate earthquake, 5.1 mag has occurred near Sparta in North Carolina

Earthquake location 36.4793333S, -81.0983333WA moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.1 (ml/mb) was detected on Sunday, 3 kilometers (2 miles) from Sparta in North Carolina. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 9.15 km (6 miles) below the earth’s surface. Exact location of event, longitude -81.0983333 West, latitude 36.4793333 North, depth = 9.15 km. Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us6000bbei, se60324281. Id of event: se60324281. The 5.1-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 12:07:37 / 12:07 pm (local time epicenter). Global time and date of event 09/08/20 / 2020-08-09 12:07:37 / August 9, 2020 @ 12:07 pm UTC/GMT. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

Close country/countries, United States (c. 310 233 000 pop) (That might be effected). Earthquake epicenter was 87 km (54 miles) from Winston-Salem (c. 229 600 pop), 103 km (64 miles) from Blacksburg (c. 42 600 pop), 86 km (53 miles) from Hickory (c. 40 000 pop), 106 km (66 miles) from Salisbury (c. 33 700 pop), 103 km (64 miles) from Mooresville (c. 32 700 pop), 98 km (61 miles) from Bristol (c. 26 700 pop), 80 km (50 miles) from Statesville (c. 24 500 pop). Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Salisbury, Lexington, Oak Ridge.

In the past 24 hours, there have been two, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days two and in the last 365 days two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. There are an estimated 1320 moderate quakes in the world each year.

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Were you asleep? Was it difficult to stand and/or walk? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your city, home and country. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Location, Distances, Parameters and details about this quake, recorded: 3 km SE of Sparta, North Carolina.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5.1 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -81.0983333° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 36.4793333° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 9.15 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 3 km SE of Sparta, North Carolina Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2020-08-09 12:07:37 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2020-08-09 12:27:33 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 1682 The total number of felt reports
CDI 5.6 The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI 6.147 The maximum estimated instrumental intensity for the event.
Alert Level green The alert level from the PAGER earthquake impact scale. Green, Yellow, Orange or Red.
Review Status reviewed Indicates whether the event has been reviewed by a human.
Tsunami 0 This flag is set to "1" for large events in oceanic regions and "0" otherwise. The existence or value of this flag does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist.
SIG 960 A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network se The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources ,us,se, A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used 30 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.4549 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.24 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 52 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type mw The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID se60324281 Id of event.
Event Code 60324281 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us6000bbei,se60324281, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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