North Carolina’s Rainforest Shaken by Rare Earthquake Yesterday

An earthquake just struck in the heart of North Carolina’s rainforest last night.

According to the USGA, a 1.8 magnitude earthquake struck Patton Mountain at 6:36 AM yesterday morning, 7 km ENE of Brevard.

This seismic event took place near the heart of Transylvania County, home to North Carolina’s only rainforest and the only recognized rainforest east of the Mississippi, receiving an average of over 80 inches of rainfall each year.

Earthquakes have been increasing in frequency around the Charlotte region over the past few years. Last year, we experienced the largest earthquake in over 100 years when a 5.1 magnitude quake hit Sparta, NC, and since then, dozens of aftershocks have continued to rattle our state.

According to, “Moderately damaging earthquakes strike the inland Carolinas every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt about once each year or two.”

Have you felt any of the quakes? 



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