A small earthquake rumbled through part of the state that was already the epicenter of a historic winter storm. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at 4.1 on the Richter scale and centered near Edgefield. It shuddered the earth as far northwest as Charlotte, NC and as far south as Atlanta. According to the USGS, the shallow earthquake happened about 10:23 p.m. Friday and 3.8 million people felt it across the Southeast.
“I have never felt anything like it,” said one couple off of Highway 25 in Edgefield. “It lasted for 15 seconds.”
Utility crews that same night restored power to many residents in Aiken and Edgefield counties after the three-day storm. South Carolina Radio Network had just been in the area surveying power line damage from fallen hundred-year-old hardwoods.
So far, no damage has been reported from the quake, except for some rattled nerves. Thanks to social media, South Carolinians were able to vent, get and share information and share nervous jokes.