The Internet is abuzz with news that a “minor” earthquake struck South Carolina near the Georgia border late Friday night (Feb 14), and it was widely felt across throughout the two states, based on early social media reports.

According to the Associated Press, the quake happened just before 10:30 p.m. EST and had a preliminary magnitude of 4.4, though more recent reports have downgraded it to a 4.1.

USGS Geophysicist Dale Grant said that the quake was centered seven miles west of the town of Edgefield, S.C. near the state’s capital, Columbia.

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

Tom Clements, of Earlwood, S.C., outside of Columbia, 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” because of the ice a severe winter storm dumped on the region earlier this week, he said.


The quake was also felt in some parts of Georgia, North Carolina and even Alabama. Residents from Atlanta to Asheville, North Carolina said shaking lasted for several seconds.

The following “intensity map” shows the exact areas where the earthquake was felt the most:

Fox Carolina News reports that it isn’t uncommon for S.C. to have earthquakes that register below 2.0 on the Richter scale, but an earthquake above 4.0 is rare. Officials said that this is the thirteenth earthquake in South Carolina this year

Officials said it was the thirteenth earthquake in South Carolina this year.

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