Officials say an earthquake — the strongest in more than 100 years — shook much of North Carolina early Sunday, rattling homes, buildings and residents.
The 8:07 a.m. earthquake centered near the North Carolina-Virginia border was felt throughout the Triad and aftershocks are possible, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The 5.1 magnitude earthquake occurred 2½ miles southeast of Sparta, the USGS said.
Alleghany County Sheriff Bryan Maines said there is significant damage near the earthquake’s center.
“We’re having some structural damage to several buildings,” Maines said. “There are several residences that have some structural issues. There are some folks that have been displaced from their homes. There have been some roads that have significant cracking and pavement separations.”
No longer safe
Maines estimated a handful of homes in some housing developments in the area are no longer safe for occupancy.
He has found less…