2017-07-13 / Front Page

Earthquake rumbles at 2.1 early Sunday; no injures, damage

Some Wilkes County residents may have felt the rumblings of a minor earthquake in the wee hours of Sunday morning, July 9. However, no injuries or damage to property were reported, according to Wilkes County EMA Director Blake Thompson.

According to information from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake happened about 3.1 miles east-northeast of Washington around 1 a.m.

A 2.1 magnitude quake is considered on the low end of the spectrum and, according to the USGS, can be felt by only a few under “especially favorable conditions.”

Still, the quake did show up on the map and is only the latest in a handful in the region in recent months, according to 11Alive News. One 2.5 magnitude quake was reported in Gordon, Georgia, on June 11. And two quakes were apparently felt in Augusta on June 21 and 22 - the first a 3.2 and the second a 2.1.

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