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‘I thought it was thunder’: Earthquake wakes up NC Triad with a 2.6-magnitude shake

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An early-morning earthquake rattled North Carolina’s Triad region Tuesday morning, and some social media users reported feeling shaking and hearing loud noises during the 2.6-magnitude event.

”It woke me up,” a Facebook user said on a News & Record post about the earthquake. “I thought it was thunder at first. Looks like from the map my house was right on top of the quake.”

The earthquake hit at about 12:30 a.m. near Archdale, about 4 miles southeast of High Point, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The agency says earthquakes in its classification — between 1- and 3-magnitude — are “not felt except by a very few under especially favorable conditions.”

Still, some people on social media said Tuesday’s earthquake jolted them.

“I’m about 10 miles from it in the Climax area,” one person said on the WFMY Facebook page. “I thought it was an explosion that shook the house and rattled the windows.”

A Twitter user had a similar reaction: “Just heard what sounded like a loud, deep, rumbling explosion,” he said. “Shook the townhouse.”

Light rain and misty conditions were recorded overnight in the Greensboro area, according to the National Weather Service. One person commenting on the WGHP Facebook page said he felt the ground-shaking event.

“I actually thought it was thunder and just as the article reports it happened at 1232 am, as it had rained earlier I was sure it was a thunderstorm passing through,” the user said.

Others thought they heard a boom, a plane or a tree falling, users said on media outlets’ Facebook pages.

There were some social media users who said they didn’t feel the earthquake early Tuesday.

“6 miles from me,” one user said on the News & Record Facebook page. “Didn’t hear a thing. zzzzzzz.”

A post on National Weather Service Raleigh ‘s Twitter page said the Triad had a 2.2-magnitude earthquake, but information available later Tuesday on the U.S. Geological Survey website said the trembling was a higher intensity.