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Tremors felt in Lincoln County

 

Staff report

 

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 4.1, said U.S. Geological Survey Geophysicist Dale Grant. It was centered 7 miles west of the town of Edgefield, S.C. and was felt as far west as Atlanta and as far north as Hickory, each about 150 miles away.

“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.

No damages or injuries from the quake itself had been reported, said South Carolina Emergency Management Division spokesman Derrec Becker.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley felt the earthquake at the governor’s mansion in Columbia. She asked the Department of Transportation to inspect bridges in the area Saturday morning as a precaution, said her spokesman Doug Mayer.

Tom Clements, a resident of suburban Columbia about 60 miles east of the quake’s epicenter, said he felt the walls of his brick house shaking “and they were definitely shaking like what I’ve experienced before in Latin America” during an earthquake.

Earthquakes aren’t unheard of in the region. A 4.3-magnitude earthquake happened in Georgia in August 1974 several miles west of Friday’s quake. Three others of similar magnitude have been felt in South Carolina in the past 40 years, according to the USGS.

The largest earthquake ever recorded on the East Coast was a 7.3-magnitude quake near Charleston in August 1886 that killed at least 60 people.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

 

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