Western NC had an earthquake early Sunday – centered directly under a golf course

A magnitude 2.5 earthquake struck 22 miles outside of Asheville in Burnsville on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The epicenter of the quake was 8 miles deep and directly under Mt. Mitchell Golf Club, according to maps on the geological survey web site. It happened around 2 a.m., so it’s unlikely golfers missed shots.

News outlets in the Asheville area have said no damage was reported.

There are about 80 earthquakes a year reported in the area, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times. Most are too small to be felt in the zone, which runs from Alabama through Virginia, reported the Citizen-Times.

In April of 2016, seven small earthquakes were detected in the North Carolina mountains over a two-day period, reported FoxCarolina.com. They registered from 1.5 to 2.5 magnitude, officials said.

The Charlotte area had its own earthquake this year, on Feb. 15 in the Great Falls area of Chester County, South Carolina. The U.S. Geological Survey said it was a 1.7 magnitude at a depth of 2.9 kilometers.

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