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Small earthquake shakes Upstate

Posted: Updated: June 30, 2012 10:17 PM

A very small earthquake shook parts of the Upstate Saturday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A 2.4 magnitude quake was reported about 4:30 p.m. near Hodges. According to the USGS, the earthquake's epicenter was about three miles from Hodges and 11 miles northwest of Greenwood.

The USGS said the earthquake was poorly constrained and was not significant enough to cause damage, but some might have felt a jolt.

According to the USGS, one to two minor earthquakes are felt each year in the Carolinas while moderately damaging earthquakes strike the inland Carolinas every few decades.

While it was a minor earthquake, the USGS said eastern quakes can be felt further from their epicenters. For example, they report that a magnitude 4.0 earthquake in the eastern U.S. can typically be felt places as far as 60 miles from where it occurred.

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