North Carolina, Virginia has shaken the region's strongest earthquake since 1916

An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale along North Carolina's border with Virginia on Sunday jolted homes and shook dishes as far away as Atlanta.

There were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries.

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake was the strongest to hit the region since the magnitude 5.2 earthquake in 1916. The epicenter of Sunday’s earthquake, which occurred at 8:07 am, was southeast of Sparta, North Carolina, about 100 miles north of Charlotte. .

"It felt like a big locomotive was passing by and a big wave under the bed," Sparta Mayor Wes Brennegar told CNN. "A big wave is coming to raise you ... I've lived here all my life and have never felt anything like that."

Beringar said some institutions appeared to have cracked and books fell off the shelves. More than 100 miles to the south in Stanley, Gary Hopper was sitting on my couch when the earthquake struck.

"It felt like the sofa was moving and then all of a sudden it shook the whole house for four or five seconds, although at the time it felt much taller. I thought it was a falling tree," Hopper said.

The earthquake shook residents from their beds and attracted a crowd of people on social media.

"Oh my God! We had an earthquake in Charlotte, NC this morning !!!" Our whole house shook !!! “DJHiPrayzeRadio tweeted.” We're fine. There is no damage we can detect !!! ''

Bill Griesmeier, an engineer in Charlotte, said the earthquake was powerful enough to knock people out of their homes.

"It's not big, but it shook the house and took the neighbors out in their yards to see what happened," he said.

In Atlanta, Aisha Howard tweeted, "I know I've been awake since 430 in the morning but I'm sure my apartment just shook up in downtown ATL. I might need some rest."

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