Small quake in SC felt hundreds of miles away

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Associated Press

Posted on February 15, 2014 at 3:05 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 15 at 3:07 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The snow and ice dumped by an unusually severe winter storm were melting, once-frigid temperatures were rising and residents of South Carolina and Georgia had finally begun to relax.

Then the earth shuddered.

A small earthquake shook both states late Friday, shaking homes and rattling residents hundreds of miles away.

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

It was centered 7 miles west of the town of Edgefield, S.C. , and was felt as far west as Atlanta and as far north as Hickory, N.C., each about 150 miles away.

USGS geophysicist Dale Grant said the quake was a large one for the area. No damages or injuries were immediately reported.

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