4.1 magnitude earthquake strikes CSRA

4.1 magnitude earthquake strikes CSRA

EDGEFIELD, SC (WFXG/WIS) - Director Pam Tucker with the Columbia County Emergency & Operations Division has just confirmed an earthquake registered a 4.1 magnitude and was centered near Edgefield, South Carolina.

The United States Geological Survey also confirmed the earthquake was shallow, about two miles below the surface.

If you have damage, call 3-1-1 or 706-868-3375 in Columbia County. The Emergency Operations Center in Columbia County is open due to the Winter Storm.

Tucker warns, there may be aftershocks. No reports of damage are available yet. Stay with Fox 54 for the latest updates.

According to the South Carolina Emergency Management division, this was the 13th ‪earthquake that South Carolina has experienced in the past year.

The largest earthquake in the area (magnitude 5.1) occurred in 1916, according to the USGS.

"We do have a historical background here, close to this location," Grant said. "August 2, 1974, it was a 4.3 and we have had three others in addition to that historically over the last 40 years."

The most powerful quake in recorded history to hit South Carolina occurred on August 31, 1886, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.  A quake with an estimated magnitude of 7.6 was centered near Summerville, SC.

Approximately 60 people died as a result of the quake. It was reported that ground shaking damaged structures as far away as 200 miles from Charleston.  It was the strongest earthquake known to hit the east coast.

Earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S., although less frequent than in the western U.S., are typically felt over a much broader region.

Earthquakes everywhere occur on faults within bedrock, usually miles deep. Most bedrock beneath the inland Carolinas was assembled as continents collided to form a supercontinent about 500-300 million years ago, raising the Appalachian Mountains.

For more information on the earthquake, head to http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000mr27#summary​.

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