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Small earthquakes felt in TN, NC

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Federal officials say two minor earthquakes this weekend have shaken areas in the North Carolina mountains and east Tennessee.

The United State Geological Survey website says an earthquake in North Carolina around 8:30 Saturday night was a 2.4 on the Richter scale. It was centered about 7 miles north of Mars Hill and 22 miles north of Asheville.

The earthquake in North Carolina could be felt in the Wolf Laurel area, but the Madison County Sheriff's office says no damage was reported.

To the west, a separate earthquake earlier Saturday shook an area about six miles north of Grimsley, Tennessee in Fentress County. It was 2.5 on the Richter scale.

Don Blakeman, a geophysicist with the National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado tells The Asheville Citizen-Times ( that it usually takes an earthquake of around 5.0 magnitude to damage buildings and infrastructure.

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