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South Carolina Quake: 4.4 Magnitude Quake Hits Southeast United States Friday Evening

Friday, February 14, 2014 20:54
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(TheWeatherSpace.com) – A 4.4 magnitude Earthquake struck South Carolina on Friday evening sparking numerous reports.

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Event Time

  1. 2014-02-15 03:23:38 UTC
  2. 2014-02-14 22:23:38 UTC-05:00 at epicenter
  3. 2014-02-14 19:23:38 UTC-08:00 system time

Location

33.813°N 82.063°W depth=4.6km (2.9mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 12km (7mi) WNW of Edgefield, South Carolina
  2. 31km (19mi) NNE of Evans, Georgia
  3. 32km (20mi) N of Martinez, Georgia
  4. 35km (22mi) NNW of North Augusta, South Carolina
  5. 97km (60mi) WSW of Columbia, South Carolina

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. The largest earthquake in the area (magnitude 5.1) occurred in 1916. Moderately damaging earthquakes strike the inland Carolinas every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt about once each year or two.

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. East of the Rockies, an earthquake can be felt over an area as much as ten times larger than a similar magnitude earthquake on the west coast. A magnitude 4.0 eastern U.S. earthquake typically can be felt at many places as far as 100 km (60 mi) from where it occurred, and it infrequently causes damage near its source. A magnitude 5.5 eastern U.S. earthquake usually can be felt as far as 500 km (300 mi) from where it occurred, and sometimes causes damage as far away as 40 km (25 mi).

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