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Aftershock Rumbles Through County on Sunday

web posted February 17, 2014

WESTSIDE Edgefield County is back on the national map again this weekend with a second earthquake Sunday afternoon. The first quake came Friday night around 10:21 pm and registered initially as a 4.4 magnitude and was later revised down to a 4.1 and was located just 7 miles north/northwest of Edgefield near the China Grove Baptist Church. The second round of the earth shuddering was said to be 7.4 miles west of Edgefield and registered 3.2 in magnitude.

Edgefield County EMA Director Mike Casey said the latest information confirms the most resent quake was due to an aftershock and came from 3.1 miles down in the earth.    

Minor damage from the initial quake has been reported and is limited to cracked mortar in bricks at the China Grove Church and reports of cracks in foundations in the Merriwether area. Casey also reported residents with cracks in mortar and even cracked sheetrock inside of homes around Trenton.

There is no dollar estimate at this time and all reports seem to be minimal in scope.

South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) issued a release on Sunday, prior to the second seismic event, that all bridges in the county had been inspected and showed no signs of damage from the first quake. Those inspections will take place again after the aftershock.

If you discover damages from the earthquake EMA Director Casey said to notify the Edgefield County Sheriff's administration office at 803-637-5337 or 803-278-1625 so the information can be given to the EMA Office. 

There is a possibility that one or more aftershocks could be felt, but they would be much lower in intensity.

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