The U.S. Geological Survey has just announced that a 1.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Great Falls, SC area earlier this week.
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division reported that the most severe effects were felt at around 9pm on Wednesday night.
USGS reports a 1.7 magnitude #earthquake occurred near Great Falls, SC, last night: #sctweets… https://t.co/gCNmHxG0pt
— SCEMD (@SCEMD) February 16, 2017
The epicenter of the quake was located about 45 miles south of Charlotte in Great Falls, SC (Chester County).
The U.S. Geological Survey also noted the the epicenter of the quake was at a depth of 2.9 kilometers.
Although this was in fact a real, scientifically verified earthquake, it wasn’t nearly as big as the 2.9 magnitude quake that rocked Asheville this past December, or even the 2.1 magnitude quake that struck Bryson City, NC on Tuesday of this week.
All joking aside, the Carolinas have been known to experience the occasional damage-causing earthquakes.
According to USGS.gov, “The largest earthquake in the area (magnitude 5.1) occurred in 1916. Moderately damaging earthquakes strike the inland Carolinas every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt about once each year or two.”