Magnitude 3.0 quake reported in Augusta

Vincent Carr
June 20, 2017

"We've had several earthquakes recently around a magnitude two, which you don't feel".

The quake just after 10p.m. measured a magnitude 2.6 and was centered three miles south of Rose Hill, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The shaking motion triggered alarms in homes and businesses.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office reported multiple calls about the quake, but that call volume has since decreased, according to Augusta-Richmond County Emergency Management Agency.

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 natural disaster. There is no indication that additional trimmers will be experienced in the Augusta area. Duck and cover under something that is sturdy and not likely to collapse.

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The quake was recorded 6 kilmoters southwest of Augusta, Ga. around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Area residents felt tremors this morning around 11:15 a.m., the Augusta Chronicle reported.

While earthquakes have been felt in the Charleston metropolitan area, it is a rare occurrence.

This is a developing story.

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