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DEVELOPING ON 6: 4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shook The CSRA Late Friday Night

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A small earthquake shook the CSRA late Friday night, even shaking homes and rattling people hundreds of miles away.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake happened at 10:23 p.m. and had a preliminary magnitude of 4.1.

The quake was centered 7 miles west of the town of Edgefield, South Carolina. That puts the center somewhere between South Carolina State Highway S-19-35 and U.S. Highway 25 in northwest Edgefield County near Gilgal Baptist Church. The quake was felt as far west as Atlanta and as far north as Hickory, North Carolina, each about 150 miles away.

United States Geological Survey geophysicist Dale Grant says the quake was a large one for the area. "At 10:30, we felt a rumbling here at the State Emergency Operations Center and we initially thought it was a helicopter. We looked out, there was no helicopter landing. We've had some, as we've responded to the ice storm," Grant says.

No damages or injuries have been reported.

Also, Columbia County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director Pam Tucker tells us, she has spoken to control room operators at J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake Hartwell Dam. No initial reports of any damage have been reported, at this time. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have called in personnel to do more detailed inspections.

Social media is shaking Saturday morning with talk about this earthquake. On the WJBF Facebook page, we asked, "what did the earthquake feel like to you?" And, you are sharing your experiences with us...

Heather Anne Dickau writes, "Just a rumble that woke us from our sleep. We live a few miles from the epicenter."

Yolanda Hunter posted, "I thought my crazy kids were bumping the walls near my room until the floor shook."

You can join the conversation, just go to the WJBF facebook page, or Tweet us with #CSRAQuake, and tell us what the earthquake felt for you.

According the the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD):

  • This is the 13th earthquake in the past 12 months.
  • South Carolina normally experiences 15-20 earthquakes per year.
  • This is the highest magnitude earthquake since November 11th, 2002, when we experienced a magnitude 4.4 earthquake with an epicenter near Charleston.
  • The largest earthquake recorded on the East Coast had a 7.3 magnitude, centered in Summerville, South Carolina, occurring in 1886.

We will continue to follow this developing story and provide the latest information when it becomes available.


South Carolina Emergency Management Division
South Carolina Earthquake Guide
U.S. Geological Survey's Earthquake Center (drill down to today's earthquake, see maps, and a "did you feel it" reporting form for citizens)
U.S. Geological Survey's Learning Center (learn more about earthquakes and how to prepare).

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