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Earthquake rocks parts of Winston-Salem on Sunday morning
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Earthquake rocks parts of Winston-Salem on Sunday morning

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A 2.4 magnitude earthquake shook Winston-Salem shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The earthquake was centered about 3 miles southwest of Winston-Salem, near Parkland Memorial Gardens and between Peters Creek Parkway and Old Salisbury Road, the USGS reported.

Winston-Salem Police received about a dozen calls about the earthquake, said Lt. Scott Doss. A number of the people who called reported hearing a loud boom, he said.

Police didn’t receive any reports of property damage or injuries, Doss said.

By Sunday evening, 143 people reported feeling the earthquake on the USGS website, including one as far away as the Morganton area.

A 2.5 magnitude quake also was reported near Abingdon, Va., just after 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

Earthquakes with less than 2.5 magnitude are often not felt, but can be recorded by seismograph. Any damage is usually minor.

At 8:07 a.m. on Aug. 9, 2020, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit the Sparta area in Alleghany County. It was centered about 2.5 miles southeast of Sparta, according to the USGA.

That earthquake was widely felt throughout the central Appalachian Mountains and coastal areas from Washington, D.C., to Atlanta, according to the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology Education in Washington.

Numerous aftershocks were reported in the days following the initial earthquake. More than 500 buildings in Alleghany, Ashe, Surry and Wilkes counties suffered damage ranging from cracked foundations to buckled walls, flooring and roofs; more than 60% of those structures sustained damage that will cost more to fix than 45% of their total value.

The county courthouse and public school buildings were damaged, as was Sparta’s sewer system.

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