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Virginia quake felt here

Posted: August 23, 2011 4:57 p.m.
Updated: August 24, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Small rumblings were felt Tuesday afternoon in parts of Kershaw County after a 5.9 magnitude earthquake occurred near Louisa, Va.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake hit at about 1:50 p.m. in Virginia and was 3.7 miles deep.

Derrec Becker, public information officer at the S.C. Emergency Management Division, said the earthquake was felt throughout South Carolina.

“A 5.9 is a pretty significant earthquake so that’s not surprising,” Becker said. “As a frame of reference, the 7.3 earthquake in 1886 in Charleston was reported from Chicago to Cuba. The 8.9 earthquake in Japan registered on instruments here in S.C. Anytime that you have a significant earthquake, you can think about it like pieces of a puzzle, when you move one, they all move.”

College of Charleston Associate Professor Steve Juamé said the epicenter was located roughly along the central Virginia seismic zone.

Kershaw County Emergency Preparedness Director Gene Faulkenberry said he was told people heard about the earthquake on the radio and that some county residents reported feeling it.

“It couldn’t have been too bad here, though,” Faulkenberry said. “There’s only a few people talking about it."


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