An earthquake in North Carolina causes reported rattling in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. The United States Geological Survey reported a 5.1 magnitude earthquake approximately 2.5 miles southeast of Sparta, North Carolina at 8:07 a.m. Sunday. There were smaller earthquakes before Sunday morning's earthquake. There have been reported homes shaking and doors rattling across Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. The USGS reports that the earthquake was almost the strongest earthquake in North Carolina since a 5.2 magnitude earthquake near Asheville in 1916.