Earthquake reported in SC, felt in our area
Sat, 15 Feb 2014 03:53:00 GMT —
A 4.1 magnitude earthquake was reported in Edgefield, SC at 10:22pm Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was originally reported as a 4.4, but the USGS has revised that.
WPDE NewsChannel 15 had reports that people felt it from Myrtle Beach, Carolina Forest and Garden City to Darlington and Hartsville.
According to the USGS, this earthquake was:
1. 12km (7mi) WNW of Edgefield, South Carolina
2. 31km (19mi) NNE of Evans, Georgia
3. 32km (20mi) N of Martinez, Georgia
4. 35km (22mi) NNW of North Augusta, South Carolina
5. 97km (60mi) WSW of Columbia, South Carolina
It was felt throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.
It was 3 miles deep which is very shallow that's why felt so far and wide.
Edgefield County Emergency Management says there were no reports of injuries or damage.
We are no stranger to earthquakes. $23 million damage was caused by one of the great earthquakes in United States history in 1886 in Charleston.
About 60 people were killed by falling buildings and many more were injured.
The cities of Columbia, South Carolina and Augusta and Savannah, Georgia, also experienced damage.
That earthquake was felt in New York City, Boston, Milwaukee in the United States and Havana, Cuba, and Bermuda. All or parts of 30 states and Ontario, Canada, felt the principal earthquake.
According to the South Carolina Emergency Management Divison, this is the 13th earthquake South Carolina has experienced in the last year.
South Carolina normally experiences 15-20 per year.
This was the highest magnitude earthquake since November 11, 2002, when a magnitude 4.4 earthquake was centered near Charleston.