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February 17, 2014

S.C. quake tremors felt locally

MILLEDGEVILLE —

Ice and wind weren't the only out of the ordinary events last week.

A small earthquake near Edgefield, S.C. shook homes hundreds of miles away.

The quake happened at 10:23 p.m. and had a preliminary magnitude of 4.1, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's website. 

Based on responses to The Union-Recorder Facebook page, numerous residents living in and outside Baldwin County said they noticed the quake Friday evening.

People in Sandersville, Jones County, McIntyre and Eatonton areas have quite a winter 2014 memory.

“We felt it and heard it,” Robbie White said. “Our whole house shook.”

Diana Giang said the rattling lasted for about 20 seconds in Sandersville.

“It was strong in Logan's Bluff,” Jane Moody said.

Paul Dubay posted that he “felt the house vibrate for about 30 seconds on Gordon Hwy just inside Baldwin County.”

Milledgeville-Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director Troy Reynolds said 911 received multiple calls reporting the tremors and rumbles.

“We haven't had any reports of damage yet,” Reynolds said Monday.  

Baldwin County's lake area has experienced small level earthquakes before. In July 2012 a magnitude 2.7 earthquake was registered by the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter of the small quake was off Linton Road near Shepherd's Lake at the Hancock and Washington County line. Many in Baldwin County reported feeling the ground shake.

Reynolds said this is a first to feel one from another state.

Earthquakes aren't unheard of in the region. A 4.3-magnitude earthquake happened in Georgia in August 1974 several miles west of Friday's quake. Three others of similar magnitude have been felt in South Carolina in the past 40 years, according to the USGS.

The USGS said since at least 1776, people living inland in North and South Carolina, and in adjacent parts of Georgia and Tennessee, have felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from infrequent larger ones. 

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