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5.1 magnitude earthquake rocks North and South Carolina Sunday morning

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The 5.1 magnitude earthquake was felt in Upstate South Carolina around 8:00 a.m. Sunday.

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake rocked Sparta, North Carolina Sunday, according to the United States Geological Survey. 

The quake was felt in several states including South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.

This earthquake was the largest to hit since a 5.2 magnitude quake in 1916 in Skyland, North Carolina, according to the National Weather Service. 

There were no reports of injuries, but some minor structural damage was reported in Sparta, as well as cracks in roads. Images on social media also showed items knocked off of grocery store shelves.

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.”

U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., shared on Twitter he could feel the quake in Laurens County, South Carolina. 

Karen Backer was in her Greensboro, North Carolina apartment when she heard initially mistook banging in her kitchen for her roommate.

“Nope, it was the cabinet doors 'clinking' open and closed! My neighbors on the other hand said they felt our apartment building shaking,” Backer said. “Well, sadly, nothing surprises me in 2020, but a hurricane and an earthquake in the same week is crazy.”

The U.S. Geological Service said the quake's epicenter was about 2.5 miles southeast of Sparta, just south of the Virginia-North Carolina border. 

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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