California-sized earthquake in Augusta rare

California-sized earthquake in Augusta rare

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - It's exceptionally rare to have an earthquake of that size here - but after a much smaller one earlier this year, officials said you should be concerned anyway.

"It's not on the high likely list, but it's not impossible," said Pam Tucker, head of Columbia County Emergency Management.

Tucker is talking about the threat of a high magnitude earthquake here.

This past weekend's earthquake in the California wine country caused walls to come tumbling down, and damage the gas and electric infrastructure.

Tucker said something similar happened in the southeast more than 100 years ago.

"Historically, we can go back and look at records where there was a lot of damage in Augusta, it shut down the city for a few days," said Tucker.

And of course - you have more recent examples. Valentines Day 2014 saw a 4.1 magnitude tremor rattle Edgefield County - and here in Augusta and Columbia County.

"We could hear this rumble, it was kind of coming from behind us and it took about 45 seconds, you could feel the house shaking," said Amy Moody.

"I've lived here my whole life, and that's the first time I've ever felt an earthquake of that magnitude," said Tucker.

While the quake was felt, it didn't cause much damage. but even a small tremor can shake objects off of shelves and walls - so Tucker does have some advice on what you need to look for.

"Try to do a better job of looking through the house, and say, okay, if we had something and my house was shaking, what potentially could be a danger," said Tucker.

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