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Second earthquake hits near Augusta

POSTED: February 16, 2014 5:05 p.m.

If you felt some extra rumbling Sunday afternoon, it wasn’t your imagination.

The U.S. Geological Survey website reported a 3.2 magnitude earthquake at 3:23 p.m., two days following Friday evening’s 4.1 quake.

“A magnitude 3.2 (on the Richter scale), people can feel it generally in the epicenter area,” geophysicist Paul Caruso with the USGS said. “We have reports that it’s been felt light, (meaning) people noticed chandeliers going back and forth (or) felt some shaking. We wouldn’t necessarily expect to see damage from a magnitude this small, but it’s not impossible.”

Friday’s earthquake was centered about 7 miles west-northwest of Edgefield, S.C., around 20 miles north of Augusta. The Sunday quake was in the same area, Caruso said.

The biggest reported earthquake in the area was near Charleston, S.C., in 1886, measuring an estimated magnitude of 7.6.


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