A small earthquake shook Asheville on Tuesday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey.
The 2.6-magnitude temblor occurred at 6:37 a.m. at a depth of about 3.8 miles, roughly 25 miles northwest of Asheville, according to USGS reports.
No damage or injuries were reported, but the Asheville Citizen Times said that shaking could be felt in downtown Asheville. The quake was felt as far as 50 miles from the epicenter, which was near Cove Creek, N.C., according to the USGS website.
Tuesday’s tremor is the second in the past week in western North Carolina. On Dec. 6, a 2.1 magnitude quake was felt about 10 miles north of Lenoir, according to USGS reports.
The earthquakes occurred in the East Tennessee Seismic Zone, said Mitch Withers, a researcher at the Center for Earthquake Research and Information in Memphis, Tenn. That zone stretches from northeastern Alabama to southwestern Virginia and is one of the most active zones in the Eastern United States.
Most of the zone’s earthquakes occur on the Tennessee side of the state line, Withers said. Since 2015 there have been 52 earthquakes in the zone with a magnitude greater than 2.5.
The USGS typically records about 100 earthquakes each year in the area, Withers said.
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