4.1 magnitude earthquake rattles South Carolina and Georgia

South Carolina 4.1 Feb 14
February 15, 2014 SOUTH CAROLINAThe snow and ice dumped by an unusually severe winter storm were melting, once-frigid temperatures were rising and residents of South Carolina and Georgia finally had begun to relax. Then the earth shuddered. A small earthquake shook both states late Friday, shaking homes and rattling residents hundreds of miles away. The quake happened at 10:23 p.m. and had a preliminary magnitude of 4.1, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s website. 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, N.C., each about 150 miles away. “It’s a large quake for that area,” said USGS geophysicist Dale Grant. “It was felt all over the place.” The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported two nearby dams on the Savannah River appeared to be undamaged, but planned a thorough inspection Saturday morning, Edgefield County Emergency Preparedness Director Mike Casey said. Casey said the quake was centered in a sparsely populated part of Edgefield County where there are a lot more rabbits and deer than people. He was driving around and hadn’t found any damage, but he expects some reports of minor damages to come in once the sun rises. “To get an accurate assessment we’re going to need daylight. I could be looking at damage in the dark and not know it. Tomorrow morning, I go out to get my paper and I see the bricks in my house are cracked,” Casey said. Authorities across South Carolina said their 911 centers were inundated with calls of people reporting what they thought were explosions or plane crashes as the quake’s low rumble spread across the state.
Reports surfaced on Twitter of a leaking water tower in Augusta, Ga., following the quake, but the tower was damaged by ice from a winter storm earlier this week and not the quake, said Richmond County Sheriff’s Lt. Tangela McCorkle. No damages or injuries from the quake itself had been reported, said South Carolina Emergency Management Division spokesman Derrec Becker. The ice storm felled a lot of trees in the area, which could make it more difficult to determine what damage was caused by the quake. 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. Clements said he immediately went outside to see if anyone else had felt it and he found two neighbors who had. “One thought a tree had fallen” under the weight of ice dumped by the storm, he said. 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. –Seattle PI
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12 Responses to 4.1 magnitude earthquake rattles South Carolina and Georgia

  1. Dennis E. says:

    With the weather changes as they are happening, NOW is the time to reevaluate what worked and what did not during the adverse weather of the past two weeks.
    If your hands got wet shoveling ice and snow, you need a BETTER pair of winter/water resistent
    gloves. If your feet got wet/damp, NOW is the time to get an improved pair of winter boots.

    What did not work, especially the ability to cook and keep warm, then that problem needs to be FIXED. Some people will put off what they need to do.
    Because the time has arrived that you may not be able to modify/upgrade your situation and you and I may not be able to get any help at all. Not preaching to you, because I see flaws in my area that I thought would work.

    What does this have to do with this reported, earth quake. Can happen during any weather event.
    We had an 2.7 during our ice/snow storm in North East NC.

    I pray that a Earth Quake doesn’t happen if a hurricane makes land fall.

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  2. gnewsreader says:

    I live in the far NE corner of Ga, in Habersham Co. about 30 miles NE of Gainesville. We got a pretty good shaking here last night with things rattling around on my desk for 5-10 seconds. But the surprising thing is that my family in Cloumbus, GA and Opelika, AL also felt it. I’m not sure why these small to moderate quakes in this area are felt so far away, but it concerns me that the Savannah River nuclear plant may be compromised by one some day. It is not far from Charleston, SC where the large one hit about 120 years ago.

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  3. Frankie says:

    Alvin what happened to the radio show?

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  4. Shepherd says:

    There are faults in the SE USA. Quakes have occurred there in the past.

    Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. Mark 13:8

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  5. Scott says:

    Alvin,

    What a pleasant surprise, The Trumpet mentioned you in their latest issue discussing the increase in numbers of volcanoes in 2013 :)

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    • Jenn says:

      Alvin, could you please explain why there’s been such an increase in volcanic eruptions? I’ve been following your page for quite some time now and it’s a blessing. It is extremely informative. I keep passing a link around via facebook. My friends love your site. I would really appreciate any feedback you could offer in regards to the volcanoes, and your thoughts on that. Thanks!

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      • V

        Earth experiences dynamic cycles of ebb and flow with interior temperatures. Most of the times, this cycle self-regulates itself through various feed-back mechanisms- sometimes, the cycle becomes completely chaotic and the planet transitions to a new geological age of heighten activity. As the interior of the planet heats up more, it vents or dissipates more thermal energy. More thermal energy being released by the planet means more volcanoes erupting. Erratic thermal cycles within the interior of the planet, which become unregulated, may be one of the catalysts for turbulent periods of geological upheaval which hastens an extinction. Thanks for getting the word out and thanks for tuning in.

        Alvin

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