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Second small quake in a week rattles parts of Winston-Salem, the USGS reports
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Second small quake in a week rattles parts of Winston-Salem, the USGS reports

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That wasn’t just your imagination if you felt your home shake early Wednesday morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed a 2.3 magnitude earthquake occurred at 4:05 a.m. Wednesday near the area of Swaim Road.

Dozens of residents living in the 27127 and 27103 ZIP codes reported it to the USGS, which is asking the public to share their experience at

On Sunday morning, a 2.4 magnitude earthquake shook Winston-Salem shortly before 9 a.m., the USGS reported.

The earthquake was centered about 3 miles southwest of Winston-Salem, near Parkland Memorial Gardens and between Peters Creek Parkway and Old Salisbury Road, the USGS reported.

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“Since at least 1776, people living inland in North and South Carolina, and in adjacent parts of Georgia and Tennessee, have felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from infrequent larger ones,” the USGS said on their website. “The largest earthquake in the area (magnitude 5.1) occurred in 1916. Moderately damaging earthquakes strike the inland Carolinas every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt about once each year or two.”

No injuries or structural damage was reported due to the earthquake, said Don Blakeman, a geophysicist with the National Earthquake Information Center in Bolden, Colo.

People who live near the earthquake likely felt its impact, Blakeman said.

“They likely experienced a jolt for a second or two,” Blakeman said. “It was a very quick duration type of thing.”

Wednesday’s event doesn’t indicate that a larger earthquake will happen in Winston-Salem, he said.

“This type of quakes can happen anywhere in the lower 48 states, including the Carolinas,” Blakeman said. “However, we can’t accurately predict earthquakes.”


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