Want to ask a question? Click here

Does the Wilmington area sit along an earthquake fault line?

Jessica Toomer

No, at least not one that has been documented and/or active.

Both Warren Lee, the New Hanover County Emergency Management Director, and John Huntsman, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, say the threat of an earthquake impacting the Wilmington area is slim because while the city is “relatively close to one,” no fault line runs directly through Wilmington. The closest one is in the mountains. There are minor faults running across the state, but none are active.


Does the East Coast have any kind of tsunami warning system?

What are Seneca guns?

User-contributed question by:

Got a comment about this post or know more about the answer? Click here to let us know!

Bookmark and Share

One Response to “ Does the Wilmington area sit along an earthquake fault line?”

  1. On December 25, 2013 at 6:28 pm Bob SOmmer wrote:

    I know there are no known earthquake faults that run through Wilmington, but on a TV documentary about the Senaca Guns, a geologist from UNC stated and showed a graph of earthquake faults in the Atlantic running east to west but not through Wilmington. Is this true? Where can I find such a graph? Thank you, Bob Sommer

Ask a question

Ask a question

If you’re looking for answers about living in coastal North Carolina, you’ve come to the right place. If we don’t have the answer to your question, we’ll find out or try to find someone who does. Hey, that’s our job! So, ask your question below and we’ll do our best to find the answer. Once we do, we’ll post it in an appropriate category.

Can we use your name to credit you by name (no e-mail or other contact information) with this question when we post an answer?
Your question:

Post a comment

Talk to us!

Have a comment about this post or know more about the answer? Use this form to let us know. Note that all comments are moderated and must be approved before they are posted, although you may see your own comments the first time you post them.

Your comment: