The earliest North Carolina earthquake on record is that of March 8, 1735, near Bath. This event was probably less than intensity V. See the entry from the N Carolina Archive below.
Much Sickness in North Carolina.
Boston, May 5. On Friday last Capt. Cowdry arriv'd here in l2 days from Bath County of North-Carolina, and informs us that it is exceeding sickly there, especially in the North-Country, where it was judg'd above half the Inhabitants were dead; and that whole Families were carry 'd off thereby, the Distemper begins with a violent pain in the Eye, and the Sick continue but about 20 or 30 Hours before they die; He further says, that on the 8th of March last, there was a considerable Shock of an Earthquake in No. Carolina.