Georgia earthquake
Georgia earthquake

South Carolina, Georgia earthquake : startling thousands

The U.S. Geological Service is reporting an earthquake occurred Friday night in South Carolina.

Measured at a 4.1 on the Richter magnitude scale, the tremors were confirmed at approximately 10:20 p.m. Feb.14, approximately five miles west of Edgefield, S.C., near Augusta.

Amber Lollis lives on Boulder Road with her husband. She said she was in her bed when the shaking surprised her.

“It felt like the whole house was jelly. It felt like it was moving left to right,” Lollis told WYFF. “I felt like I was on a flying carpet on the bed.”

The USGS first reported the earthquake as a 4.4 magnitude quake.

Lollis said she is familiar with earthquakes because they happened multiple times while she lived in northern Greenville County. She said Friday night’s was much stronger than anything she had experienced before.

“Most of the time, they were around a 2.4 magnitude,” Lollis said. “I didn’t know what the richter was, but I could tell it was more than 2.4.”

Lollis said her husband, who was on the other, lower end of the house, could not feel the shaking the same way she could.

She said the earthquake left cracks in the bricks outside her home and above a bathroom entrance. Lollis said she also noticed separations in her kitchen cabinets that did not exist prior to the earthquake.

“I though we were goners,” Lollis said.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) said there have been no reports of injuries or significant damage. There have been no requests for state assistance. SCEMD said it is working closely with state agencies, county emergency managers in all 46 counties to determine the earthquake’s effects on the state.

The WYFF News 4 newsroom got hundreds of calls of people feeling the earthquake across the Carolinas and Georgia.

Callers reported they felt their homes shake for between 5 and 15 seconds, depending on the location.

Greenwood emergency officials said if people need to report damage they should call 942-8553.


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