Residents near Sparta, North Carolina, reported feeling tremors from a 5.1 magnitude earthquake that struck just after 8 am local time on August 9, according to the USGS.
The USGS said the earthquake occurred 3 km (approximately 1.8 miles) southeast of Sparta and was preceded by at least four small foreshocks ranging from magnitude 2.1 to 2.6, beginning around 25 hours prior to the quake.
This footage was posted to Facebook by Stephen Long, who said it was taken from his Nest camera in the town of East Bend, around 39 miles from Sparta.
Large earthquakes are relatively uncommon in the region directly surrounding the earthquake, the USGS said. Credit: Stephen Long via Storyful