4.1 earthquake felt from Georgia to North Carolina

EDGEFIELD, SC -- An earthquake that struck north of the Georgia, South Carolina border at 10:23 p.m. Friday, according to the United States Geological Survey, was felt as far away as Atlanta, Georgia and Hendersonville, N.C.

The quake in Edgefield, S.C., registered a 4.1 on the Richter magnitude scale. Edgefield, S.C. is part of the Augusta, Ga. metropolitan area.

The temblor was initially registered at a magnitude 4.4, but was later revised downward to a magnitude 4.1 by the USGS.

Reports of people feeling the ground shake were received from areas as far north as Charlotte, NC, and as far south as Savannah. Our sister station in Atlanta, WXIA 11Alive, received many email, Facebook, Twitter and telephone reports from across north Georgia.

Earlier reports indicate damage at the Edgefield County, SC Hospital. However, hospital officials told our Columbia, SC sister station, WLTX that there is no damage to the hospital there.

WLTX also says they learned that a water tower in Augusta that was spewing water was not a result of the earthquake. They said officials indicated the damage to the water tower was caused by this week's ice storm. There is no word on any damage in that area from the earthquake.

11Alive's Meteorologist Chris Holcomb says the earthquake looks to have been near the Augusta and Modoc seismic zones, which are part of the Eastern Piedmont fault system.

No injuries were reported.


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