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USGS: 2.0 magnitude earthquake rumbles near Spruce Pine

WLOS Asheville/Greenville logo WLOS Asheville/Greenville 8/15/2022 Kari Barrows
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A small earthquake rippled through an area of Western North Carolina Saturday night.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirms a 2.0 magnitude earthquake struck just north of Spruce Pine around 9:58 p.m. Aug. 13, 2022. 

1.8 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE NEAR ELGIN REPORTED SATURDAY MORNING

It had a depth of about 6.7 km.

The Carolinas have experienced several lower magnitude earthquakes since late 2021, especially in the Midlands of South Carolina.

EXPERTS SAY WATER LEVELS COULD BE TO BLAME FOR RECENT EARTHQUAKES

Researchers have a theory that water levels are to blame for what's been called a swarm of quakes.

Some recent studies point toward rain water seeping into faults as a possible cause.

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