***For more information about the history of earthquakes in the High Country visit High Country Earthquake History page***
The United States Geological Survey confirmed Thursday evening that a 2.5 magnitude earthquake was recorded two miles east of Blowing Rock just before 1:30pm.
Reports into the Watauga Roads social media outlets began just seconds after the event which officially took place at 1:28pm. There were no reports of damage.
Earthquakes, or feeling them, appear to be more common in the High Country in recent years.
Earlier this year a 2.1 magnitude was registered also in Blowing Rock, in 2013 a 2.6 magnitude was recorded near Blowing Rock, On Nov 10, 2012 – residents reported an earthquake rumble, Aug 23, 2011 – a quake in Virginia was felt in the area
WCNC report June 12, 2014
*below are the real time updates from Thursday*
The Watauga Roads social media outlets are fielding comments from residents across Watauga of feeling a rumble and some hearing a loud boom. As of 1:44pm there are no reports from USGS of a registered earthquake. More information as it becomes available.
2:07pm – just talked to a DOT rep and there was no blasting in Blowing Rock today. Still no reports from USGS about a possible earthquake.
If you would like to report to USGS as an “Unknown Event” then follow this link – http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/dyfi/?enabled=false
5:54pm – Update: USGS now reporting 2.3 magnitude earthquake at 1:28pm.
6:10pm – initially reported as a 2.3 USGS has just upgraded it to 2.5