One Western North Carolina Town Hit with Six Earthquakes in Only Five Days


A town in the western part of North Carolina experienced six tremors in only five days last week, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quakes were all in a small area near Cherokee, North Carolina, in the Great Smoky Mountains, the Charlotte Observer reported.

Cherokee, North Carolina, is just south east of Knoxville, Tennessee, and is the home of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation.

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“The biggest quake was a 2.5 magnitude temblor around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday about 2.5 miles southwest of Cherokee,” the paper added.

The sequence of quakes:

  • Sept. 7, 8:14 p.m.: 1.9 magnitude, 5 miles south of Cherokee
  • Sept. 9, 4:21 a.m.: 1.4 magnitude, 3.1 miles south-southwest of Cherokee
  • Sept. 9, 3:08 p.m.: 2.0 magnitude, 3.1 miles south-southwest of Cherokee
  • Sept. 11, 8:13 p.m.: 2.3 magnitude, 3.7 miles south of Cherokee
  • Sept. 11, 11:03 p.m.: 2.5 magnitude, 2.5 miles southwest of Cherokee
  • Sept. 11, 11:14 p.m.: 2.1 magnitude, 3.7 miles south-southwest of Cherokee

None of the quakes were of great intensity and less than 50 people reported feeling them, the USGS reported.

It is generally not realized that the U.S.A. experiences tens of thousands of earthquakes a year. The most earthquake-prone state is Alaska.

“Normally, it’s not the shaking ground itself that claims lives during an earthquake. It’s the associated destruction of man-made structures and the instigation of other natural disasters such as tsunamis, avalanches and landslides,” DoSomething.org reports.

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