SPARTA, N.C. – Sparta Mayor Ves Brinegars on Sunday after 5.1. The point declared a state of emergency. an earthquake that was felt throughout North Carolina shook the city.
A state of emergency was declared at 15:30. No injuries were reported.
The mayor says that small damage to houses with demolished structures and fireplaces is widespread.
He visited homes and businesses throughout the day.
Many local Sparta businesses have closed due to the damage caused by the earthquake.
The city was built during the earthquake.
The road project is under construction for a year. The mayor says if the 100-year-old waterline had still been buried, it would have been devastating.
Three rock houses were damaged and three families living in the homes had to be relocated because the houses were no longer safe to live after the earthquake moved them four or six inches from the ground.
Since yesterday, Sparta has experienced as many as 11 tremors, four of which are recorded above 2.6 points.
There were also six or seven minor post-match cases in the Allegheny area this afternoon.
The mayor says the city is “not in danger yet”.
Below is a photo gallery showing the damage caused by the North Carolina earthquake:
The earthquake centered 54 miles northwest of Winston-Salem and occurred at 8:07 a.m., an official USGS report said.
Many who felt the earthquake said it lasted 10-15 seconds. Sunday’s 5.1 earthquake is the strongest earthquake in North Carolina since 1916.
A Pfafftown viewer told us, “Around 8 a.m. this morning, our bedroom was shaken. We thought the tree had fallen, but then we heard it was an earthquake.”