4.1 magnitude earthquake measured in Edgefield, SC

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - An earthquake centered in Edgefield was felt throughout South Carolina, Georgia, and even some parts of North Carolina Friday night.

The 4.1 magnitude earthquake struck at 10:23pm. It was initially listed as a 4.4 magnitude quake, but that figure was later downgraded to 4.1. This is the highest-magnitude earthquake since November 11, 2002, when a 4.4 magnitude quake occurred with an epicenter offshore of Edisto Island.

Meteorologist Bill Walsh says the earthquake is about twice as strong as what is typically documented in South Carolina. Walsh says some aftershocks could be felt closer to the epicenter.

No injuries or damage have been reported. The Live 5 Newsroom received numerous calls from viewers across the Lowcountry who reported feeling the quake. 

This is the 13th earthquake in the past 12 months. South Carolina normally experiences between 15 and 20 earthquakes per year, according to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.

The largest earthquake recorded on the east coast was the 1886 quake centered in Summerville, South Carolina, which measured a 7.3 magnitude and caused significant damage throughout the Lowcountry.
For more information on earthquakes, visit http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/.

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