Six earthquakes in five days reported near this Western North Carolina town

By Charles Duncan
September 13, 2019 11:42 AM, Updated September 13, 2019 03:42 PM

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One area of the North Carolina mountains has had six small earthquakes in five days, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quakes have all been within a couple miles of each other near Cherokee, North Carolina, in the Great Smoky Mountains, the USGS earthquake monitoring system shows. None of the earthquakes caused damage or injuries, USGS said.

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There were six earthquakes reported near Cherokee, North Carolina, in five days. USGS
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The biggest quake was a 2.5 magnitude temblor around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday about 2.5 miles southwest of Cherokee, according to the USGS.

Sept. 7, 8:14 p.m.: 1.9 magnitude, 5 miles south of Cherokee
Sept. 9, 4:21 a.m.: 1.4 magnitude, 3.1 miles south-southwest of Cherokee
Sept. 9, 3:08 p.m.: 2.0 magnitude, 3.1 miles south-southwest of Cherokee
Sept. 11, 8:13 p.m.: 2.3 magnitude, 3.7 miles south of Cherokee
Sept. 11, 11:03 p.m.: 2.5 magnitude, 2.5 miles southwest of Cherokee
Sept. 11, 11:14 p.m.: 2.1 magnitude, 3.7 miles south-southwest of Cherokee

The earthquakes were all low intensity. From the strongest temblor, 44 people reported feeling the quake to the Geological Survey. Only a handful of people reported feeling the other earthquakes, according to the USGS.

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