4.1 Earthquake Strikes South Carolina

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A 4.1 magnitude earthquake struck South Carolina Friday night, jolting residents in the Midlands and in two other states.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quakehit at 10:23 p.m. about seven miles west-northwest of Edgefield, South Carolina.

Theoccurred three miles under the ground.

Thousands of people reported feelinga heavy shaking for several seconds. The tremor was feltacross South Carolina, and as far away as downtown Atlanta and Greensboro, North Carolina.

While the earthquakewas relatively minor, one of this size isn't a common occurrence in our state.

"It's actually fairly rare," said William Doar with the South Carolina Geological Survey. "We usually get ones and twos...every decade or so we get one of these bigger ones...The way the crust is, the actual rock, the land that we have on the East Coast, doesn't leave us susceptible to lots of big earthquakes."

The Edgefield County Sheriff's Department told WLTX Friday night that no damage has been reported there. There have also been no seriousdamage reports from anyother areas.

Governor Nikki Haley'soffice saidthey'd been in touch with state emergency officialsand state policeandwere evaluating the situation. They say they werea step ahead since the state was already in emergency mode from the winter storm.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation sent crews outto survey roads and bridges for any possible damage. A spokesman for SCE&G said they were doing a walk through at the Lake Murray Dam as a precaution. At the Savannah River site,officials theresay there is no damage.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division Spokesman Derrec Becker says this is the strongest quake in South Carolina since a 4.4magnitude quake strucknear Charlestonon November 11th,2002. It's also the13th earthquake in the state in the last year.

The strongest earthquake in recorded historyin South Carolina was a7.3 tremor near Charleston in1886.That quake killed60people.


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