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Old 12-07-2007, 04:35 AM
 
Location: "The Gorge"
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Default Earthquake?

About 6:10 this morning I was awoken by the house shaking and windows rattling. Anyone else experience that? I live near the Rutherford/Henderson/Buncombe county lines.
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Old 12-07-2007, 04:38 AM
 
Location: Etowah, NC
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Yes, I felt it too. I live in Etowah, NC (Between Asheville, Brevard and Hendersonville). I've been trying to find info on it. It felt pretty strong.
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Old 12-07-2007, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Asheville
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I have been awake in Asheville at 4 a.m. this morning and felt nothing. So, must be it was just south of here only. A couple years ago, we had a quake, many people felt it, and it was on the news. I was asleep and it woke me up, and it lasted about a minute, kind of quick shaking, grinding thing. There are at least two earthquake "faults," we have two mountain ranges, the Blue Ridge Mts and Great Smoky Mountains, so could be just one "went off." Also, could be an explosion racket. Check the morning news.
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Old 12-07-2007, 05:34 AM
 
Location: "The Gorge"
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Looks like a 3.1 magnitude. Found this website while looking online for info.

Magnitude 3.1 - NORTH CAROLINA (broken link)
Looking at the site, its amazing how much earthquake activity there is around the world on an hourly basis.

As for the quake itself, it was pretty weird, it woke me, I could hear it moving down the gorge like a thunderstorm does.
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Old 12-07-2007, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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I didn't feel it in my section of Hendersonville, but some in my zipcode area did.

Event hwb1207a_07 Statistics

EARTHQUAKE JOLTS RESIDENTS AWAKE | Serving Henderson, Transylvania and Polk Counties | North Carolina | BlueRidgeNow.com

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Old 12-07-2007, 11:22 AM
 
Location: From WNC, now in Raleigh
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Of course I slept through it. . . .

Here is a Google Map showing the epicenter using the USGS coordinates (35.32, -82.19). I'm hoping they'll give more precise coordinates in the full report.

Google Maps - Earthquake epicenter

I happened to be in Asheville during the one in 2005, which was somewhere around 3.5 if I remember correctly. That was my first earthquake and I was rather scared considering that an earthquake was not the first thing to come to my mind. I'd hate to go through a "big" one.
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Old 12-07-2007, 11:55 AM
 
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My wife and I felt it in Saluda. At first I figured it was a still, or a meth lab blowing up! Had a few aftershocks afterwards. One at about 10:00, and another one at 11:30.
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Old 12-07-2007, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Huntington, NY
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My wife and I felt it in Saluda. At first I figured it was a still, or a meth lab blowing up! Had a few aftershocks afterwards. One at about 10:00, and another one at 11:30.
Does that mean I shouldn't look to buy a house in Saluda? Meth Labs AND earthquakes YIKES...I might start looking for a house in the South Bronx instead...lol

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Old 12-07-2007, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Earthquake Epicenters in North Carolina and Portions of Adjacent States
(1698-1997)

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Old 12-07-2007, 05:34 PM
 
Location: NC close to the MTs and near the lakes.
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Gee an earthquake I feel right at home after living so many years in CA.What I also heard was that there was ice on the roads near where we are going to live and people were told stay put a while. That I have never driven in many earthquakes but no ice.
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