UPDATE | Confirmed 3.2 Earthquake southwest of Augusta

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

12:00 p.m.

SOUTH AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The US Geological Survey is upgrading an earthquake felt across the area to a magnitude 3.2.

According to USGS, the epicenter of the earthquake was located 6 km (about 3.8 miles) southwest of downtown Augusta. It began in the vicinity of Killebrew Avenue and Woodward Avenue off Bungalow Road, near the intersection of Peach Orchard Road.

Dee Griffin with the Augusta Fire Department said many residents are reporting displaced furniture in their homes. The shaking motion triggered alarms in homes and businesses.

Augusta-Richmond County EMA reports, however, there were no reports of damages or injuries from this earthquake.

A scientist with the USGS said there is a possibility of aftershocks, and are cautioning that this could be a foreshock that could prelude to another earthquake. However, Augusta-Richmond County EMS says there is no indication that additional tremors will be experienced in the area.

Experts warn that you should avoid falling debris. If inside, get under a strong structure like a heavy desk. Duck and cover under something that is sturdy and not likely to collapse.



11:20 a.m.

SOUTH AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A magnitude 3.0 earthquake in South Augusta has been felt and heard across the area.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake happened around 11:14 a.m., with a depth of 14.9 km.

The earthquake was felt as far north as Edgefield and as far west as Thomson.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned for updates.