Virginia Tech research scientist explains the science behind Sunday’s earthquake

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(WFXR) — WFXR spoke with Sean Bemis, a research scientist with the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech.

Bemis explains the science behind Sunday’s earthquake and what to expect regarding aftershocks. He says even though we do not live in an earthquake area, the earth is always changing.

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake occurred near Sparta, N.C. Sunday morning. Residents in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee felt its effects, resulting in damage in some areas.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake resulted from oblique-reverse faulting in the North American plate’s upper crust, and it was the strongest earthquake in North Carolina since 1916’s 5.2-magnitude earthquake near Skyland.

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