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Earthquake Shakes the CSRA

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An earthquake hits the CSRA.

News Channel 6 has gotten calls and hundreds of facebook messages from you asking about what happened.

The epicenter just seven miles away from Edgefield, South Carolina.

It's been a rough week. From an ice storm to this. So we can all say Edgefield, SC has been shaken

Edgefield, South Carolina, population 4,750. A small town not used to being a big deal, until now.

Late Friday night, an earthquake shook the area and the people who live there.

"I thought something had hit the house. It was just that dramatic of an explosion," said Sheryl Brousseau who lives near the quake's epicenter. She had just fallen asleep when the earth moved.

Brousseau said, "I thought meteor. I thought an airplane had flown in and crashed right here. I was scared.

Jody Mathis lives on the land that is now the epicenter of the quake.

"I thought someone blew something up. I mean, you heard a loud boom. Things fell off my coffee table. Things fell off my kitchen sink and things like that," said Mathis.

This 4.1 earthquake is just the latest tremor in the Palmetto State. Numbers from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division show this is the 13th earthquake in 12 months. The state averages 15-20 quakes a year, but after two weeks of extreme events, an earthquake is still out of the norm.

"You don't expect it, something like that, in South Carolina," said Brousseau.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation is sending engineers out to check bridges, which is standard procedure.




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