No damage in wake of earthquake

COUNTY — Many Pickens County residents got a jolt Friday night as a 4.1 magnitude earthquake struck near Edgefield, sending vibrations throughout the state.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Friday night’s quake occurred at 10:23 p.m. and was epicentered about 7 miles northwest of Edgefield, or 60 miles southwest of Columbia.

A second quake, considered an aftershock epicentered in the same area, was felt Sunday afternoon.

According to Pickens County emergency management director Chuck Haynes, no damage was found in the county from either quake.

According to the USGS website, people living inland in the Carolinas, Georgia and Tennessee have felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from infrequent larger ones since at least 1776, with the largest in the area — a magnitude 5.1 quake — occurring in 1916.

The largest recorded earthquake to strike South Carolina was an 1886 quake centered near Summerville that would have registered at a 7.3 magnitude.

Officials said Friday’s quake was the 15th in the state in the past 12 months and the largest since a 4.4 magnitude quake in 2002.