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Originally published: 2014-06-12 19:12:28
Last modified: 2014-06-12 19:34:55

UPDATED: Residents report boom, shaking Thursday

by Anna Oakes

Area residents took to social media pages Thursday to report feeling a strong shaking and loud rumbling sound around 1:30 p.m., with many suspecting the event could have been an earthquake.

The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed that 2.5 magnitude earthquake occurred about 1:28 p.m. Thursday about two miles from Blowing Rock at a depth of 4.2 miles.

A number of Facebook users said they planned to report their experiences to USGS on Thursday.

"1:28 (p.m.) Tater Hill Road, Zionville," Dean Rogers posted on the Watauga Democrat Facebook page. "Heard and felt it. Deep thunderous sound with a rumble felt through the house."

"Around 1:25 it rumbled weirdly but was totally sunny outside," said Susan Horne.

Stephanie Walters said she heard a boom and felt a slight jarring in Mountain City, Tenn.

If Thursday's event was indeed an earthquake, it would be the fourth to be felt in the area in the past three years.

In August 2011, High Country residents reported feeling the effects of a 5.8-magnitude earthquake with an epicenter in Mineral, Va. Two years later, in August 2013, a magnitude 2.9 earthquake struck two miles north-northeast of Blowing Rock, and just last month, a 2.1-magnitude tremor occurred approximately 2.3 miles east-northeast of Blowing Rock.