Lincoln County earthquake measured at 2.5

Friday, March 26, 2010 10:26 AM
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 A series of noisy rumblings in Lincoln County turned out to be a 2.5 magnitude earthquake, according to the U.S. Geologic Survey.

Authorities received numerous calls after the noisy booms were heard in several areas around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, but no damage was reported.

The epicenter of the quake was four miles south of Lincolnton near Thurmond Lake's Little River arm.

Earthquakes are known to occur periodically in the Augusta-Columbia County area, which lies along the Fall Line where the coastal plain meets the Piedmont region.
 For decades, scientists have monitored the region around the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' earth-and-concrete Thurmond Dam for seismic activity that has included dozens of small quakes.
 According to the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo., Thurmond Lake is one of the major earthquake centers in Georgia and South Carolina, where pressure changes caused by water in huge reservoirs can activate seismic activity.
    The Corps routinely reinspects Thurmond Dam after even very minor earthquakes and maintains seismic detectors throughout the dam.
    Seismic activity is frequently studied in the Thurmond Lake area - including Lincoln County - where a formation known as the Eastern Piedmont Fault System runs from the Alabama-Georgia border through South Carolina, bisecting the 70,000-acre reservoir.
    The largest recent quake in the lake area occurred Aug. 2, 1974, and registered 4.2. Monday's small quake is comparable to three recorded in nearby Edgefield County, S.C., in 1996, which measured 2.5, 2.3 and 2.2 in magnitude.
    Experts say Augusta is unlikely to experience a serious quake. The only major quake in the Southeast occurred in 1886 in Charleston, S.C., claiming 110 lives.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/26/10 - 02:00 pm
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"According to the National

"According to the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo., Thurmond Lake is one of the major earthquake centers in Georgia and South Carolina, where pressure changes caused by water in huge reservoirs can activate seismic activity."

That's interesting.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 03/26/10 - 04:53 pm
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I heard it knocked some deer

I heard it knocked some deer stands over...LOL

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 03/26/10 - 05:06 pm
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There was a minor quake in

There was a minor quake in Augusta since 1998. I lived near Wheeless Road and felt it on a Sunday. Couldn't get any information about what had happened from anyone in Augusta, dispatch, radio stations, tv stations, no one knew a thing and no one else had called it in. A relative in Seattle WA called me and asked me if I had felt it and I said yes and how did she know about it? She said it was on the NEIC website, which she monitors because of frequent quakes where she lives. Turns out it was aftershock from a quake centered a little southwest of Vidalia, GA. I don't know why no one else seemed to notice it.

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AutumnLeaves 03/26/10 - 05:06 pm
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Trey Enfantay
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Trey Enfantay 03/26/10 - 06:35 pm
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Paranoid personality disorder

Paranoid personality disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis characterized by paranoia and a pervasive, long-standing suspiciousness and generalized mistrust of others.

Those with the condition are hypersensitive, are easily slighted, and habitually relate to the world by vigilant scanning of the environment for clues or suggestions to validate their prejudicial ideas or biases. They tend to be guarded and suspicious and have quite constricted emotional lives. Their incapacity for meaningful emotional involvement and the general pattern of isolated withdrawal often lend a quality of schizoid isolation to their life experience

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SouthernPride 03/26/10 - 08:04 pm
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It wasn't an earthquake

It wasn't an earthquake morons. Football practice started.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 03/27/10 - 12:00 am
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Now that you've

Now that you've self-diagnosed, Trey, are you looking for a good therapist, or have you been self-medicating?

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AutumnLeaves 03/27/10 - 08:45 pm
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There has been a 2.9

There has been a 2.9 earthquake southwest of Charleston, WV 13 hours ago.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 03/27/10 - 08:44 pm
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There was a 2.7 west of

There was a 2.7 west of Albany, NY three days ago.

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