4.1 magnitude earthquake hits South Carolina, felt hundreds of miles away

By Michelle Kapusta,

A 4.1. magnitude earthquake that hit west-central South Carolina on Friday was felt hundreds of miles away.

According to USA Today, the quake was felt not only in the Midlands, but in two other states.

CNN noted that the earthquake hit 7 miles west-northwest of Edgefield, which is about 25 miles from Augusta, Georgia. and 60 miles from Columbia.

No injuries or damage were reported, but the quake was felt as far away as downtown Atlanta and Greensboro, North Carolina.

The tremor was first reported as a 4.4, but was later downgraded to 4.1, the US Geological Survey said.

Earthquakes are not uncommon in South Carolina, but most are relatively small and do not measure more than 2.5 on the Richter scale. More destructive earthquakes typically have magnitudes between about 5.5 and 8.9.

A large one did hit the state way back in 1886 that was measured to be over 7.0. It claimed 60 lives and caused an estimated $23 million in damage.



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