Damage from Sunday morning’s 5.1-magnitude earthquake to the Kerry and Kim Miller home on Rivers Edge Road (off U.S. 21) in Sparta is shown in a video provided by Kerry Miller. The earthquake started about 8:05 a.m. and lasted about 10-12 seconds, he said.

It shifted the Miller home about a half inch off its foundation, damaged sheet rock around window and door casings and left a bathroom wall recessed. It also left numerous household items strewn across floors of the house.

Miller said the earthquake “was like being on a wooden roller coaster.” He and his wife were tending the Labrador retrievers they raise when it hit. She held on to a post and Miller to a garage door to keep from being knocked down. A snow ski on a wall fell and hit Miller’s head, not seriously injuring him but breaking off the end of the ski.

A U.S. Geological Survey map identified the epicenter as being less than two miles from the Miller home off Hoppers Dairy Road, between the Glade Valley and Pine Swamp communities just south of Sparta.

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