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South Carolina earthquake: 'Large earthquake for the area,' no damages reported

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A South Carolina earthquake hit the U.S. state this week, and although no damages were reported, the 4.1 magnitude earthquake was said by one geophysicist to be a “large earthquake for the area.” Already being called the Valentine’s Day Quake, literally millions of residents were shocked to feel the considerable tremors while still aiming to recover from a rare and powerful snowstorm. The CS Monitor reports this Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, that with large earthquakes being a highly uncommon occurrence in the Southern piedmont, this natural phenomenon is something sparking quite a bit of conversation this week.

The South Carolina earthquake was at a relatively modest 4.1 level of magnitude. Geography experts said that the center of seismic activity was focused close to Aiken, South Carolina, this Friday night. In what is believed to be a once-every-20-years event, this particular earthquake apparently has a very different source than the plate tremors found in such states as California.

Well over a million state residents were said to be quite literally rattled when a South Carolina earthquake struck the region recently. The quake was said to hit shortly before 10:30 p.m., noted the U.S. Geological Service. With an epicenter roughly seven miles west of Edgefield, some residents felt the shaking as far north as North Connecticut and west in Atlanta.

“It’s a large quake for that area,” said a USGS geophysicist by the name of Dale Grant in a statement offered to the Associated Press. “It was felt all over the place.”

Fortunately, there were no concrete reports of damages from any people in the region, either to property or people. However, new reports of damage are possible, said the official assessment. The South Gov. Nikki Haley noted that the 4.1 level quake was felt at the state’s Governor’s Mansion in local Columbia. A number of bridge inspection teams were allocated this Saturday morning to verify that the South Carolina earthquake didn’t leave any buttresses threatened or cracked. Foundations for nearby homes were also being checked throughout the day yesterday.

With earthquakes being quite rare in the Southern piedmont, geologists believe that this Friday’s dubbed “Valentine’s Day Quake” might have happened due to a subterranean breakdown of the historic U.S. Appalachian Mountains. The process of sedimentation throughout a more minute fault line could have possibly weakened underground boulders just enough for a massive stone to abruptly strike upward with enough force to create an earthquake.

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