4.1 Magnitude Quake
Strikes South Carolina
A 4.1 magnitude earthquake struck Friday night in west-central South Carolina, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
The quake was centered 7 miles (12 kilometers) west-northwest of Edgefield, which is about 25 miles north of Augusta, Georgia, and 60 miles southwest of Columbia, South Carolina. The town of Edgefield has some 4,750 residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The USGS estimates the quake’s depth was about 3 miles (4.6 kilometers).
The same federal agency initially estimated a 4.4 magnitude quake.
An emergency dispatcher in Edgefield said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries tied to the tremor. Columbia County, Georgia, and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division also reported no damage or injuries.
Still, the quake was big enough to be felt as far away as metropolitan Atlanta some 160 miles west.
The shaking stirred up a lot of instant reactions online in an area recently battered by a powerful winter storm.
But unlike the snow and ice that just fell, the tenor of the tremor banter appeared to be light.