Director Pam Tucker with the Columbia County Emergency & Operations Division has just confirmed an earthquake registered a 4.1 magnitude and was centered near Edgefield, South Carolina.
The United States Geological Survey also confirmed the earthquake was shallow, about two miles below the surface.
If you have damage, call 3-1-1 or 706-868-3375 in Columbia County. The Emergency Operations Center in Columbia County is open due to the Winter Storm.
Tucker warns, there may be aftershocks. No reports of damage are available yet. Stay with Fox 54 for the latest updates.
According to the South Carolina Emergency Management division, this
was the 13th earthquake that South Carolina has experienced in the past
The largest earthquake in the area (magnitude 5.1) occurred in 1916, according to the USGS.
"We do have a historical background here, close to this
location," Grant said. "August 2, 1974, it was a 4.3 and we have had three others in addition
to that historically over the last 40 years."
The most powerful quake in recorded history to hit South Carolina
occurred on August 31, 1886, according to the South Carolina Department
of Natural Resources. A quake with an estimated magnitude of 7.6 was
centered near Summerville, SC.
Approximately 60 people died as a result of the quake. It was
reported that ground shaking damaged structures as far away as 200 miles
from Charleston. It was the strongest earthquake known to hit the east
Earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S., although less frequent
than in the western U.S., are typically felt over a much broader region.
Earthquakes everywhere occur on faults within bedrock, usually miles
deep. Most bedrock beneath the inland Carolinas was assembled as
continents collided to form a supercontinent about 500-300 million years
ago, raising the Appalachian Mountains.
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