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Posted by: thepinetree on 08/09/2020 09:30 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 08/09/2020 09:30 AM
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Earthquake Shakes Sparta North Carolina

Sparta, NC...The August 9th, 2020 M 5.1 earthquake near Sparta, North Carolina, occurred as a result of oblique-reverse faulting in the upper crust of the North American plate. Focal mechanism solutions for the event indicate rupture occurred on a moderately dipping fault either striking to the northwest or south. This earthquake occurred in the interior of the North American plate. Such mid-plate earthquakes are known as intraplate earthquakes and are generally less common than interplate earthquakes that happen near tectonic plate boundaries. This earthquake was preceded by at least four small foreshocks ranging from M 2.1-2.6, beginning about 25 hours prior to the mainshock.




Large earthquakes are relatively uncommon in the region directly surrounding the August 9th M5.1 earthquake. Moderately damaging earthquakes strike the inland Carolinas every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt about once each year or two. In the 20th century, one earthquake M5 and larger occurred within 100 km to this August 9th events, a M5.2 in the Great Smoky Mountains in 1916. The largest recent earthquake to impact the east coast was the M5.8 Mineral Virginia earthquake on August 23rd, 2011, roughly 300 km to the northeast of this August 9th earthquake. The Mineral Virginia earthquake was felt widely across the east coast and caused slight damage.

Source = USGS


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shake
Posted on: 2020-08-09 09:43:04   By: Anonymous
 
Great local news coverage

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    Re: shake
    Posted on: 2020-08-09 09:55:50   By: Anonymous
     
    In local news, Amador County is on the state coronavirus watchlist.

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      Re: shake
      Posted on: 2020-08-09 20:50:52   By: Anonymous
       
      Not anymore. They are saying it is a big mistake. But something is definitely fishy because it should be. Massive amounts of tourists flooding into our foothill counties because of all counties around that us are entrenched in virus.

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        Re: shake
        Posted on: 2020-08-09 20:51:49   By: Anonymous
         
        https://kvgcradio.com/news/f/amador-county-not-on-state-covid-watchlist

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        Re: shake
        Posted on: 2020-08-09 21:10:02   By: Anonymous
         
        Most people are pretty upset and tired of others from shut down areas flooding into their hometowns and counties. This sort of thing could get much worse.

        Some Canadians are trying to deter US visitors fleeing the coronavirus by vandalizing cars with American license plates
        https://www.yahoo.com/news/canadians-trying-deter-us-visitors-204500779.html

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        Re: shake
        Posted on: 2020-08-09 21:29:06   By: Anonymous
         
        'Everyone tested positive': Covid devastates agriculture workers in California's heartland

        https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/08/california-covid-19-central-valley-essential-workers

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        Re: shake
        Posted on: 2020-08-10 07:21:03   By: Anonymous
         
        If we are on the list, maybe less people would come here?

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-08-09 20:53:11   By: Anonymous
 
Like we don't have enough crazy things going on around here? Guess we don't want to let the tourists know about it though.

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