A small earthquake shook up a dozen residents Tuesday in Western North Carolina. The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 2.0 magnitude quake was centered about seven miles northeast of Franklin in Macon County. It happened around 10:45 p.m.
No damaged was caused by the earthquake. Dozens of people in both Franklin and Sylva told officials they felt it. The Carolinas will experience between 2 and 5 earthquakes each year. The quakes are usually minor to moderate and no one even notices the ground moving. “Most of the earthquakes we have around here are actually from the reservoirs in the area," said USC Upstate Geology Professor Briget Doyle. Research has found that South Carolina is the most seismically active state, east of the Mississippi River and every county has the potential for earthquakes. The last significant earthquake in the Upstate was in 2010, according to Doug Bryson, director of Spartanburg County Office of Emergency Management.WATCH: Earthquake in Western North Carolina.
“It was a 2.5 on the Richter scale and was located southeast of the City of Spartanburg. It felt like a large truck or train going by and everything vibrated,” Bryson said. The quake didn't cause any damage, but Bryson says his office is always prepared for the worst. The best way to protect yourself during an earthquake is to immediately get under a sturdy table or desk and hold on to it. Bryson says do not get under a doorway as you’re more likely to get hurt. If you’re outside, move away from any buildings, power lines and trees. Once in the open, get low and stay there until the shaking stops. The largest earthquake to date in South Carolina was a magnitude 7 and took place in Charleston in 1886. Doyle says, a quake that size usually occurs once every 500 years, based on historical information. While no one can predict earthquakes, Doyle recommends to be ready at all times, because it’s not a question of if an earthquake will happen. but when and how big. - WSPA.