Small earthquake rattles western NC area

The location of the earthquake on Monday. Image from US Geological Survey.

BURNSVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — A small earthquake hit an area in North Carolina on Monday evening, according to the US Geological Survey.

The 2.5 magnitude quake hit about 3 miles from the Yancey County town of Burnsville, which is no stranger to earthquakes.

In 2005 two quakes hit the area in four months, according to reports at the time.  A  magnitude 2.8 quake hit the area in Dec. 2005 and one hit about four months earlier.

The quake, which was initially reported as a 2.4 magnitude, happened Monday around 9:38 p.m. and was near the Tennessee border.  There were no reports of damage, according to WLOS-TV.

Here is how far the quake was from nearby cities:

3 miles NNW of Burnsville, North Carolina

22 miles S of Johnson City, Tennessee

26 miles SSW of Elizabethton, Tennessee

28 miles NNE of Asheville, North Carolina

153 miles NNW of Columbia, South Carolina

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