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4.4-magnitude earthquake felt in Lincolnton


A small earthquake shook South Carolina and Georgia late Friday, and could be felt as far away as Lincolnton.

The quake happened at 10:23 p.m. and had a preliminary magnitude of 4.4, said USGS Geophysicist Dale Grant. It was centered 7 miles west of the town of Edgefield, S.C.

“It’s a large quake for that area,” he said. Grant had not yet heard of any reports of damage or injuries.

Users of social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook reported feeling the quake in and around Lincolnton, including Cherryville.

Local television station WSOC-9 reported on its 11 o’clock news broadcast that the quake could be felt as far away as Lake Norman.

The last earthquake to shake Lincoln County, according to the website EarthquakeTrack.com, was a 2.9-magnitude quake centered in Morganton on Oct. 29, 2012.

Friday’s quake would register as the largest on the seismic scale to be felt in Lincolnton in the last 34 years, the site said. The largest prior to Friday was a 4.3-magnitude quake centered around Bluefield, Va., seven years ago.

Check back for more updates, and also see Monday’s edition of the Lincoln Times-News.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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