Upstate damage reported after 4.1 earthquake hits Edgefield, SC - FOX Carolina 21

Upstate damage reported after 4.1 earthquake hits Edgefield, SC

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Emergency management workers across the Upstate were busy Friday answering phone calls from concerned citizens about the 4.1 magnitude earthquake that hit at 10:23 p.m.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey's website, it was centered 7 miles west of the town of Edgefield, S.C. , and was felt as far west as Atlanta and as far north as Hickory, N.C., each about 150 miles away.

USGS geophysicist Dale Grant said the quake was a large one for the area. No injuries were immediately reported.

USGS geophysicist Dale Grant told WIS-TV the quake was only about three miles deep.

Derrec Becker with South Carolina Emergency Management said he received calls asking if a train had collided or if a helicopter had flown overhead after the rumble. He said state emergency manage are calling all counties in the state to make sure everything is okay.

The earthquake originated in Edgefield, near Columbia, and Edgefield County officials confirmed there was no significant damage in that area. He said earthquakes cannot be predicted, and no one should take Friday's earthquake as a sign that more earthquakes will happen in the area.

Doug Bryson, coordinator with Spartanburg County, was one such worker, busy making sure people were aware of what had happened and talking to them about what they felt.

"It felt like a 747 crash in my backyard," said one viewer, Ray Hinton.

Amy in Anderson County said her foundation was damaged. FOX Carolina received hundreds of messages about the earthquake and a few pictures of the damage.

Some viewers reported damage to home foundations. There are a few reports of damage in Anderson County. FOX Carolina is sending a crew there to survey the situation.

If you felt the earthquake, you can report it to the USGS.

The most powerful quake in recorded history to hit South Carolina occurred on August 31, 1886, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. A quake with an estimated magnitude of 7.6 was centered near Summerville, SC.

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