Aftershock rolls through Augusta region

Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 5:02 PM
Last updated Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 2:21 AM
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For the second time in three days, tectonic forces beneath Edge­field, S.C., shook the region in what officials are calling an aftershock from Friday’s earthquake.

About 3:23 p.m. Sunday, a quake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.2 was recorded 12 kilometers west of Edgefield at a depth of 5 kilometers, according the U.S. Geological Survey’s Web site.

Edgefield County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Mike Casey said the aftershock was in the same general area as Friday’s magnitude-4.1 quake, which was the strongest felt in Georgia in two decades.

The aftershock was felt as far away as Columbia and Thomson, according to responses on the U.S. Geological Survey Web site.

“If I had paid attention to the signs and listened to my dog, I would have known it was coming,” said Casey, whose dog ran for the nearest door moments before the quake happened.

After speaking to firefighters near the center of Sunday’s aftershock, Casey said it appears the quake resulted in less shaking of the ground but had more noise.

He said it’s too early to tell whether more aftershocks will be felt in the coming days.

“That’s when you throw down chicken bones and dice and see how they land,” he said with a laugh.

Friday’s quake was reportedly felt as far away as Athens, Ga.; Atlanta; Spartanburg, S.C.; Co­lumbia; and Charlotte, N.C. Officials from both sides of the Savannah River said Saturday that major structures, including waste tanks at Savannah River Site and reactors at Plant Vogtle, were unharmed.

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Gage Creed
Gage Creed 02/16/14 - 06:12 pm
Eathquake Frankie

Ok, Jim Cantore came to town and we all know how that worked out, if I see Frankie on the news, I'm outta here!

Dixieman 02/16/14 - 07:12 pm

...that's the third thing (bad things come in threes as the old saying goes) so there will NOT be a plague of locusts on Monday.
Or maybe there will.
The way weird things have been happening around here lately, who can say?

seenitB4 02/17/14 - 08:44 am
Yall need to behave csra

Don't send any of that mess up here toward Atlanta..:)

nocnoc 02/17/14 - 08:57 am
After-Shocks or Fore-Shocks?

Are these After shocks or Fore Quakes leading up to a bigger one?

Having worked and trained a lot in an around Milpitas, SF & San Jose.
The norm there was a series smaller quakes 1.0-3.0 leading up to a Big one 6.0+. Yes I know we are talking about 2 totally Geological different areas.

But I just wanted to thump the Hornets Nest.

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