According to social media posts, the earthquake is located in Allegheny County, believed to be very far from South Carolina and Georgia. It happened around 8:07 am ET.
Information on the damage in the area was not immediately available, but the USGS said the quakes were destructive in magnitudes between 4.0 and 5.0, depending on variables.
According to the USGS, a magnitude 5.3 earthquake is considered a moderate earthquake.
The earthquake rumbles at a depth of about 5.7 miles, which is considered a shallow earthquake. Earthquakes more than 43 miles shallow tend to be more devastating than deeper ones.
Sparta is about 100 miles north of Charlotte.