A moderate earthquake struck after 10 p.m. Friday, shaking homes throughout northern and eastern Georgia.
The quake measured 4.1 on the Richter scale, downgraded from an original reading of 4.4, and was centered about 7 miles west-northwest of Edgefield, S.C., not far from Augusta, according to the U.S. Geological Survey website.
It struck at 10:23 p.m. and hit about 4.8 kilometers, nearly 3 miles, into the earth’s surface, the USGS reported.
There were no immediate reports of damage.
Social media posts told of people feeling the shaking throughout Hall County and in Buford, Cleveland, Stephens County and far away as Asheville, N.C., and Greenville, S.C., where a resident said items were shaken off a shelf.
"It's a large quake for that area," USGS Geophysicist Dale Grant said.
Tom Clements, of Earlwood, S.C., outside of Columbia, said he felt the walls of his brick house shaking "and they were definitely shaking like what I've experienced before in Latin America" during an earthquake.
Clements said he immediately went outside to see if anyone else had felt it and he found two neighbors who had.
"One thought a tree had fallen" because of the ice a severe winter storm dumped on the region earlier this week, he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.