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Tremors from a 3rd earthquake felt in the CSRA

Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 10:05 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - The trend of frequent earthquakes seemed to have jumped across the river to the Georgia side.

We’ve reported over 20 earthquakes that have rattled areas of South Carolina, near Elgin and Columbia. But a recent string of shakes is now popping up in the Peach State, with tremors felt right here in the CSRA.

Three quakes have been reported in the past four days, with the most recent happening near Fort Gordon in Augusta. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 2.1 magnitude quake that happened around 4 a.m. Monday.

And on Saturday around the same time, a 3.9-magnitude earthquake rattled areas near Stillmore. This quake hit at a depth of 0.8 km, but the shakes could be felt as far away as Augusta, Macon and Brunswick.

The initial report from USGS showed a 4.5-magnitude earthquake.

If we could feel the impact of the earthquake near Stillmore all the way here, just imagine how strong it must have been for the people closest to it.

Many people who live in Metter had never felt an earthquake before.

“I felt this loud BOOM sound, and then, my house, it felt like my house shook. I was like, ‘Oh, my God, am I dreaming?’ No, I really felt that,” said Audra Lee, a Metter resident.

Another resident, Jana Sasse, said:

“You don’t expect an earthquake in this area, but if the Earth was really rumbling and falling all over the place, we would certainly try to get up under something so that we wouldn’t get hurt.”

Stillmore, Ga earthquake map
Stillmore, Ga earthquake map(wrdw)

The first of the earthquake trio occurred near Harlem. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 2.2 magnitude quake hit just before 2:09 a.m. Friday, about 9.5 miles north of Harlem and a few miles west of Evans.

The earthquake had a depth of 6 kilometers.

You can submit a report that you felt the earthquake here: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us7000hib6/tellus

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