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An earthquake hits Winston Salem on Sunday morning




Neighbors told WFMY News 2 that they heard a loud explosion before 9 a.m., followed by a shaking of the ground for several seconds.

Author: Marisa Tancino (WFMY News2), Christian Morgan (WFMY), Ed Matthews, Kayana Alexander (WFMY), Ben Smart

Published: 10:17 AM ET November 21, 2021

Updated: 4:03PM EST Nov 21st 2021

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – A 2.4-magnitude earthquake struck Winston-Salem Sunday morning at 8:59 a.m., according to the US Geological Service.

The small earthquake hit the population, particularly in the southwestern part of Winston-Salem. The epicenter was located near the intersection of Old Salisbury Road and Gyro Drive, east of Salisbury Court Apartments.

Neighbors told WFMY News 2 that they heard a loud explosion followed by the ground shaking for several seconds.

“It was very fast, but very powerful,” said an Ivory Simmons resident. “You’re standing, shivering, and you hear parts of the house making noises.” She and her mother were home when the earthquake struck.

Some residents indicated that they felt less intense shelling in the days leading up to Sunday’s earthquake.

Marcia Steele was enjoying her morning coffee when the earthquake shook her.

“Suddenly I heard a ‘boom’. It was really loud. I could feel the vibrations. It didn’t cause anything to fall, no damage, but it was definitely an earthquake,” Steele said.

The earthquake of magnitude 2.4 was recorded at a depth of 2 km.

If you feel the vibrations you can report it to the USGS. Submit your report here So far, there have been no reports of damage, according to officials.

If you have home, security, or doorbell camera footage of the earthquake, please submit the video here, using the Near Me feature on our website or app.

Earthquake: Around 9 AM, a small earthquake occurred near Winston-Salem. Very small and very shallow but few people in the area reported having felt or heard it.

This earthquake rarely causes damage.

— Christian Morgan (@CMorganWX) November 21, 2021

2.4m earthquake in Winston-Salem earlier around 9am.

Many people in the Trinity reported feeling it or hearing a loud bang. # earthquake # triple

— Christian Morgan (@CMorganWX) November 21, 2021

Earthquakes are rare in our region. They are more likely to occur along the Appalachian spine. However, as we have seen in recent years, they do occur in the foothills and Piedmont.

Earthquakes in our area are usually weak. They usually measure 2.0 to 2.5 on the Richter scale. Earthquakes of this weakness are often not felt. However, the Sparta earthquake on Sunday August 9, 2020, had a magnitude of 5.1 on the Richter scale. It is felt in most parts of North Carolina and neighboring states.




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