According to the US Geological Survey
, the earthquake happened at around 12 noon, at a depth of 0.7 miles deep under the Appalachian Mountains town of Blackey, near the Virginia border.
The quake was considered "light" and was not expected to cause any serious damage.
were also felt throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Georgia.
USGS geophysicist Paul Caruso in Denver told NBC News
, "Normally, we don't expect major damage with this kind of intensity." However, he did say it was "not out of the question" that there could be some. Normally, major damage is expected when the magnitude is 5.5 or higher.