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Earthquake in South Carolina felt in Gwinnett

A 4.1 magnitude earthquake was felt throughout the state of South Carolina and as far as Metro-Atlanta.


USGS "intensity" map

USGS "intensity" map

A magnitude-4.1 earthquake hit seven miles west of Edgefield, S.C., at about 10:23 p.m. Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and was reportedly felt in Gwinnett County and surrounding areas.

Cpl. Shayla LaCosta, a spokesperson with the Gwinnett County Police Department, said “several calls” were fielded by 911 operators late Friday about the tremor after it hit.

The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office reported via Facebook that it had received numerous 911 calls about homes shaking and informed residents that it was due to the quake.

The epicenter was about 25 miles north of Augusta, which was just hit hard by Winter Storm Pax. Tens of thousands of people in the region were still without power at about 8:40 p.m., according to the Augusta Chronicle.

The earthquake was quickly trending on social media, with United States Geological Survey rising to the top on Facebook and #earthquake on Twitter.

The Chronicle reported that the earthquake was felt in Athens, Atlanta, Spartanburg, S.C., Charlotte and Columbia, S.C.

According to the USGS, the recorded strongest earthquake felt in the region was magnitude-5.1 in 1916. Friday’s quake’s epicenter was at a depth of 3.0 miles at the site near Edgefield, S.C.

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Earthquake strikes S.C., felt in Gwinnett

A 4.1 magnitude earthquake was felt throughout the state of South Carolina and as far as Metro-Atlanta.

A 4.1 magnitude earthquake was felt throughout the state of South Carolina and as far as Metro-Atlanta.