BREAKING: 4.1 Magnitude Earthquake strikes Edgefield County; Tremors Felt in Oconee

February 14, 2014

A 4.1 magnitude earthquake shook things up around South Carolina Friday night. The quake, centered 7.5 miles WNW of the town of Edgefield, was the strongest to hit the state since a 4.4 magnitude shaker centered on Seabrook Island in 2002. Oconeeans reported feeling the tremors just after 10:23 PM. Reports of people feeling the quake were coming in from as far away as Richmond, Virginia. A 4.1 generally causes only minor damage, if any at all. However, officials with the U.S. Geological Survey say, while the magnitude pales in comparison to those felt along the West Coast, it is a significant quake for the Deep South. Students of South Carolina history will know the largest earthquake to ever strike the Palmetto State was the 7.3 magnitude quake which hit Charleston just before 10:00 PM on August 31, 1886. It remains the single strongest earthquake in East Coast history.



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