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Small Quake in South Carolina Felt Hundreds of Miles Away

Shaker hit 4.1 on the Richter scale
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2013

This map from the US Geological Survey shows the intensity of the quake felt by South Carolina residents. (USGS)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Residents of South Carolina and Georgia had finally begun to relax after weathering another winter storm when the earth shuddered.

A small earthquake near the state line shook both states late Friday, rattling residents hundreds of miles away.

The U.S. Geological Survey's website reported a quake of 4.1 magnitude at 10:23 p.m. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

On Saturday, engineers from the state Department of Transportation were out evaluating bridges. Derrec Becker of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division said that's standard procedure after a quake.

The quake, about 7 miles from Edgefield, S.C. , was felt as far west Atlanta and as far north as Hickory, N.C., both about 150 miles away.

USGS geophysicist Dale Grant said it was a large quake for the area.

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I have friends who moved to N. & S. Carolina. They didn't like Florida anymore , all I can say is between the cold and snow and now an earthquake. I have no sympathy for them . On 2/14/14 Florida was the only state out of 50 that did not have show .

February 16 2014 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

4.1? Really? Woosies

February 16 2014 at 10:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Billingsley

My bed went dancing and rattling like some spooks had hold of it. That's what I thought it was so I told them where to go, then went back to sleep.

February 16 2014 at 8:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


February 16 2014 at 7:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

surprised me to hear of quake in that area, although a relatively small quake they are still frightening.
I know from many times being awaken by bigger ones here in ca.

February 16 2014 at 6:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

kind of strange never really hear of quakes in sc but here in ca one that small wouldnt even phase me.

February 16 2014 at 6:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Glad the earthquake was no bigger than 4.1 and no one got hurt.

February 16 2014 at 6:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

4.1? You barely feel them. Maybe lying in bed or at a table with a full glass, chandaliers sway a tad at 4.1, other wise you won't know it happened. Fracking, global warming, Godlessness or cow farts did not cause this earthquake. It is not South Carolina's first quake nor is it it's last. It is just a dinky little earthquake folks, something that has been going on since the big bang.

February 16 2014 at 6:23 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Maybe this "small earthquake" is just God's way of saying what scientists have long been saying to anyone who will listen--"WAKE UP STUPID"! Polluting your air, poisoning your water & soil, fracking, deregulating in the name of capitalism and profit is killing the planet!!!

February 16 2014 at 6:16 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Kelly ODonnell- Grif

4.1 is called an Earth Quake in New Zealand they call that a truck rolling down the Street on a busy work day.

February 16 2014 at 2:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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