Danville residents shocked by the earthquake, but no reports of injuries

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — When the earthquake that hit Sparta, N.C. Sunday morning woke up Danville resident Lauren Van Allen, it took her a minute to realize what was happening.

“My dresser started rattling,” said Van Allen, “and so at first I was like, wow, is somebody on the roof? And then when my bed started shaking, I was like, okay I’m actually feeling an earthquake right now.”

That shows how uncommon earthquakes are here.

“It happened in fifth grade, and I remember it was a big deal in our school, but I didn’t feel anything. So it’s cool to actually be able to experience it.”

She’s not alone there.

In a popular Facebook group for Danville residents, a post about the earthquake has hundreds of comments of area residents reacting.

“A lot of shock,” said Battalion Chief Chris Key with the Danville Fire Department. “A lot of news on Facebook coming through, but none reported in this area. I did have a cousin who lives in Sparta, and she had quite a bit of damage to her property.”

“She’s fine, just you know her house, foundation had a few cracks in it. Lost pictures, some stuff fell off her walls, but she reported she’s okay.”

A Danville city spokesperson says he hasn’t heard of any reports of any damage, and Key says there were no reported injuries or calls for service related to the earthquake.

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