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Earthquake experienced in Wilkes Sunday

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Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018 10:18 pm | Updated: 9:35 pm, Mon Jun 11, 2018.

An earthquake was felt in parts of Wilkes County Sunday evening.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of an earthquake measuring 2.6 on the Richter Scale was recorded about one kilometer (little over a half mile) northeast of Hays at 7:56 p.m. Sunday. The earthquake was recorded at a depth of 4.3 kilometers (2.67 miles).

There were reports of the epicenter being near Sawyer Road, which is off Rock Creek Road,

A spokesman for the Wilkes Communications Center in Wilkesboro said desks there shook and a booming sound was heard, resulting in a dispatcher looking outside to see if a wreck had occurred.

She said 911 calls were received from people in North Wilkesboro and the Mulberry and Boomer communities saying they heard a booming sound and felt shaking. There were no reports of any damage, she added.

At the same time, the epicenter of an earthquake measuring 2.7 on the Richter Scale was recorded between Burnsville and Spruce Pine near the Yancey and Mitchell county line.

Earthquakes measuring 2.6 or 2.7 on the Richter Scale are considered minor, which means no damage to any structures nor property occurred and they were felt by few people. 

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