CANTON, N.C. — An earthquake was reported Thursday in Canton, which is in western North Carolina in Haywood County near Asheville.
The 2.4 magnitude earthquake happened at 6:27 p.m. Thursday, according to the United States Geological Survey.
There have been multiple earthquakes reported in North Carolina this month.
On May 12, a 2.1 magnitude earthquake was reported in Pineville, and on May 14, a 1.9 earthquake was reported in Cherokee County close to the NC-Tennessee state line, according to the USGS. Most recently, on May 23, a 2.6 magnitude earthquake was reported in Haywood County as well.
While the cause of this quake is not officially known, earthquakes can occur by the moving of plates within the Earth.
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“Eventually, you get to the point when material rock can’t take it anymore. And as a result, fails," South Carolina Geologist Scott Howard previously told Meteorologist KJ Jacobs for a WCNC Charlotte Weather IQ.
Other quakes are caused by humans. They're known as induced quakes and could be the result of tunnel construction and fracking projects.
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