Afternoon Earthquake Rattles Augusta, Georgia; Other Tremor in Eastern KY

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Shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, Augusta, Georgia, was rattled by a 3.2-magnitude earthquake.

Preliminary reports from the United States Geological Survey places the quake’s epicenter directly on US-25 (Peach Orchard Rd.) near the intersection with Lumpkin Rd. in the central portion of the city.

No reports of damage from the quake has been reported.

According to government “Did You Feel It” responses, the quake was widely felt throughout the Central Savannah River Area and a couple of individuals as far away as Maryland, 522 miles away, reported feeling the quake.

Though earthquakes are far less likely to occur on any given day on America’s east coast, when they do occur, they are typically felt in a far more widespread area than their West Coast counterparts, where quakes are rarely felt more than 30 miles away.  This is due to differences in the geological groundwork between the two opposite ends of the nation.

In addition to the Augusta, Georgia, earthquake, late last night, the Eastern Kentucky community of Hyden experienced a 2.6-magnitude quake.

The worst earthquakes to ever hit the Southeast occurred in the summer of 1886, when the city of Charleston, South Carolina, was struck by what has been estimated to have been a 7.0-magnitude earthquake.

The Chaleston quake claimed the lives of 60 individuals and caused more than $133 million (modern day USD) in damage and was felt as Wisconsin.

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