Small quake shakes western NC

(United States Geological Survey)

HICKORY, N.C. (WNCN) — A small earthquake hit western North Carolina early Tuesday morning, officials said.

The United States Geological Survey reported that the epicenter of the 1.5-magnitude quake was 4.8 miles south-southeast of Hickory and about 13.7 miles north-northwest of Lincolnton.

The quake hit at 12:32 a.m., the USGS said. The epicenter was about a third of a mile below the earth’s surface.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

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