Minor Earthquake In Wilkes County Sunday Night (2018-06-12 16:05:15)

There was a small earthquake felt in parts of Wilkes County Sunday evening.

The Wilkes Journal Patriot reports the U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter 2.6 magnitude quake was recorded a little over a half mile northeast of Hays community, east of the Wilkesboros,  at 7:56 p.m. Sunday.

The earthquake was recorded at a depth of 2.67 miles.

According to the Patriot, a spokesman for the Wilkes Communications Center in Wilkesboro said the quake caused desks to shake and a booming sound was heard. The Communications center received 911 calls from people in North Wilkesboro and the Mulberry and Boomer communities saying they also heard a booming sound and felt shaking. There were no reports of any damage.

The Raleigh News and Observer reports a 2.0 magnitude quake followed in the same general area at about 12:16 a.m. on Monday. According to the report, the earthquakes occurred in the East Tennessee Seismic Zone, that stretches from northeastern Alabama to southwestern Virginia and is one of the most active zones in the Eastern United States.