It may seem like an unlikely occurrence in Eastern Carolina, but there have been earthquakes here. According to the North Carolina Geological Survey, there have been no serious quakes in this area over the past 300 years. None of the recorded earthquakes have been stronger than a 4.0 on the Richter scale. Experts say those quakes are barely strong enough to be felt or cause damage. ECU geology professor Richard Mauger says Eastern Carolina is fairly safe with regard to earthquakes. According to the United States Geological Survey, there are about 9000 earthquakes every day registering less than 2.9 on the Richter scale.
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