Moderate earthquake in Georgia / South Carolina, USA – some slight damage expected / reported

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Update 21:12 UTC: 
– A wall at the old Chiquola Mill in Honea Path collapsed.
– People reported to a news station that items fell over and there were cracks in pavement around their homes,  some of the cracks were more than 20 feet long.

Why earthquakes in this area of the United States ?
Earthquakes in the Inland Carolinas Region
Since at least 1776, people living inland in North and South Carolina, and in adjacent parts of Georgia and Tennessee, have felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from infrequent larger ones. The largest earthquake in the area (magnitude 5.1) occurred in 1916. Moderately damaging earthquakes strike the inland Carolinas every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt about once each year or two.
Earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S., although less frequent than in the western U.S., are typically felt over a much broader region. East of the Rockies, an earthquake can be felt over an area as much as ten times larger than a similar magnitude earthquake on the west coast. A magnitude 4.0 eastern U.S. earthquake typically can be felt at many places as far as 100 km (60 mi) from where it occurred, and it infrequently causes damage near its source. A magnitude 5.5 eastern U.S. earthquake usually can be felt as far as 500 km (300 mi) from where it occurred, and sometimes causes damage as far away as 40 km (25 mi).

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Earthquakes everywhere occur on faults within bedrock, usually miles deep. Most bedrock beneath the inland Carolinas was assembled as continents collided to form a supercontinent about 500-300 million years ago, raising the Appalachian Mountains. Most of the rest of the bedrock formed when the supercontinent rifted apart about 200 million years ago to form what are now the northeastern U.S., the Atlantic Ocean, and Europe.
At well-studied plate boundaries like the San Andreas fault system in California, often scientists can determine the name of the specific fault that is responsible for an earthquake. In contrast, east of the Rocky Mountains this is rarely the case. The inland Carolinas region is far from the nearest plate boundaries, which are in the center of the Atlantic Ocean and in the Caribbean Sea. The region is laced with known faults but numerous smaller or deeply buried faults remain undetected. Even the known faults are poorly located at earthquake depths. Accordingly, few, if any, earthquakes in the inland Carolinas can be linked to named faults. It is difficult to determine if a known fault is still active and could slip and cause an earthquake. As in most other areas east of the Rockies, the best guide to earthquake hazards in the seismic zone is the earthquakes themselves. (Source USGS)

Update : An Edgefield Water Utility representative said the floor of Edgefield County Hospital may be cracked. No evacuation has been made as of yet. An over flow of the Edgefield Co. water towers was scheduled previously. It has nothing to do with the earthquake.

Update : Residents of High Point, more than 150 miles from the epicenter, reported feeling the earthquake. The tremors were also felt in much of northern Georgia and even in southeastern Tennessee.

broken bottles in a supermarket in Augusta - Twitter image courtesy and copyright @cornermanjames

broken bottles in a supermarket in Augusta – Twitter image courtesy and copyright @cornermanjames

Update : The map below shows how strong people felt it

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Update : light damage like the picture below can be expected on many places.

Update : A hospital in Edgefield has a crack in the floor and is preparing to evacuate, according to WSPA. There have not yet been other reports of serious damage.

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twitter image courtesy Tyler E Santee

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12km (7mi) WNW of Edgefield, South Carolina
31km (19mi) NNE of Evans, Georgia
32km (20mi) N of Martinez, Georgia
35km (22mi) NNW of North Augusta, South Carolina
97km (60mi) WSW of Columbia, South Carolina

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.1

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-02-14 22:23:39

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-02-15 03:23:39

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 5 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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Click on the “I Felt It” button behind the corresponding earthquake. Your earthquake experience is not only important for science, but also for people in the area as well as our global readership.

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I Felt It

I Felt It


I Felt It

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Georgia, Usa Feb 15 03:23 4.5 5 MAP

  • Grecia – felt shaking which is lasting for a long time, now mild tremors, feel like rolling and has lasted 3 minutes
  • Evans, Georgia – I felt the quake in Evans, GA, and my mother felt the same quake 50 miles away in Washington, GA. Lasted for less than 1 minute.
  • Laurens – 10:25 eastern time light shake felt like a train went by
  • Athens – Chair I was sitting in felt like it was hit by something
  • thomaston – no damageto anything in the house. none we can see outside, but it is too dark to see.
  • Bogart, GA – No, it lasted about 4 seconds, probably around a 3.5
  • Evans – Some shaking of the house
  • Georgia – Audible rumbling followed by ~ 10s of shaking.
  • Peachtree city Georgia – Bed and dresser shaking
  • marietta georgia – whole house shook for few seconds
  • Athens, GA – I felt the floor shaking and vibrating for about ten seconds.
  • Irmo – heard rumbling, felt the house shaking….lingering grumbling and shaking outside. felt like a plane was going to land on the roof of our house
  • Johns Creek, GA – 5-6 vertical waves, not audible, felt and saw in bottle of water
  • Charlotte, NC – House shaked for 3-5 seconds.
  • Clarkesville, Ga – About 2225. Just watching TV when the house rumbled and shook only about 2 seconds. It was different than wind shaking the house. Deep rumbling shake. Very weird
  • Nicholdon – About 10:35 pm felt earthquake in Nicholson, GA
  • Grayson, Ga – House shook for maybe 30-40 seconds.
  • Toccoa – Noticed dresser shaking and heard walls shaking. I asked my kids who were in bed but not asleep if they felt shaking. All 3 did, daughter noticed shaking bookshelf. I’ve never felt earthquake before.
  • Forest Acres, SC – At apprixmately 10:20 PM house began shaking. Lasted approximately 5 to 8 seconds.
  • Hilton Head Island – never experienced an EQ and all of a sudden the whole apartment began to weave and wobble shake the whole buidling.
  • Franklin,nc – Felt slight shaking;dishes rattled in cabinets
  • Colbert – Whole house shook
  • Bishop – 10:25pm
  • Cumming – Felt a tremor, made the house vibrate
  • North Augusta, SC – No damage-felt like large helicopter on roof of house. Friend 50 miles away in Lexington, SC felt it.
  • Georgia – Woke son, shake and wall creaked
  • Cumming, GA – It is February 14, 2014 at 10:30 pm, I just experienced a light shaking movement on the foors of my home. Could this have been a mini earthquake? Others in the area felt it was well.
  • Columbia – Shook desks and beds
  • Iva, SC – at approx.10:30 pm we felt our house shake for a second or so.
  • West Columbia, SC – Heard a rumble… It got louder like earth moving equipment. Then realized the glasses in hutch were shaking and it rolled through the rest of the house felt it through the floor of our home.
  • Canton, GA – I felt the shaking through my chair and items on my desk shook. I haven’t felt this since California.
  • Roswell, GA – It shook and rattled everything on my second floor in a wave-like motion.
  • Auburn, GA – I was sitting in bed working on the computer and my entire bed started to shake and my drink beside me splashed around. Woke my cat out of a dead sleep.
  • Alpharetta – Felt and heard shaking. Very brief less than a minute
  • Athens, Ga – No damage
  • cumming, ga – Slight tremmer.
  • Lawrenceville (Atlanta) – Shook my bed and I was leaning against the wall and it vibrated my whole body
  • Bolingbroke, GA – A couple of seconds of slight shaking
  • Woodstock – Not strong enough to knock anything off a shelf but enough to be disconcerting.
  • augusta, ga – There was shaking never been through earth quake but friends said it was an earth quake small shaking no damage hope im not leading yall in the
    wrong direction
  • Lexington – House shook for approximately 15 seconds. No rattling glass or anything to that degree.
  • augusta – Shook entire hotel building for about 10 seconds
  • Grovetown – Felt a small shake, I thought it was my cat jumping on my computer chair at first.
  • Covington GA – No damage
  • athens – Felt the chair I was in move like a snake
  • Columbia – entire house shook – light fixtures and furniture moved
  • Marietta GA – Occurred at approximately 10:20 PM Eastern time Friday night February 14, 2014 (Valentines Day). No apparent damage.
  • martinez GA – It was veary like never before and it was so violent it dident even seem real it went in for a couple of minutes like two or three hopefully no one is hurt
  • Clermont, Ga – Felt shaking for 30 seconds.
  • Mauldin – no damage… light shaking in a back and forth motion.
  • evans, ga – Whole house shook for about 10 seconds. Items not secured, fell off of shelves.
  • Oxford GA – shook TV for 2 seconds,
  • Evans – Our neighbors felt it too. We thought it was people moving things into an apartment.
  • Athens – I’m on the third floor of a condo complex and felt all of my doors and windows shake. Felt like a very low flying plane was passing over.
  • Sandy Springs – son woken up by the shake
  • Brookhaven – Scared me.., roof shook
  • augusta – 30 seconds floor shaking
  • Carlton – Shook the house scared the dog
  • Douglasville – Just rattled the house
  • Simpsonville – No damage. House shook for less than a seconds.
  • Athens – window shaking
  • Roswell – I felt my bed shaking and watched my lamp sway.
  • Charlotte – My bedroom wall tremored like a large truck was riding by.
  • Jefferson – Definitely felt it! Not enough to cause damage though, I don’t think. Was about 5 minutes ago. Jefferson, GA.
  • Lathemtown, GA – I asked my husband if he felt the house shake and just as I asked my daughter came running down the stairs saying that her bed was shaking
  • Monroe – no damage; thought it was a big gust of wind
  • madison county – The whole house trembled , sort of a shiver . I heard the entire house creeking and felt it move briefly.
  • Moore, SC – the entire 2nd floor of my house started shaking like there was a herd of elephants running past my house. freaked my kids out.
  • walhalla – Felt a few seconds of shaking. Felt like train was running by nearby.
  • pendleton – Steady tremor, 4-5 seconds. Rattled house and windows, no damage
  • Gaston – No damage that I am aware of.
  • Lexington – House shook pretty good. No question it was an earthquake.
  • Hickory Tavern, SC – Felt like house was vibrating about 5+ seconds
  • north Augusta – About 15 sec long no damage
  • Augusta – It started as a low rumble, then it really hit and rocked the apartment.
  • dahlonega GA – Was confused about why our room was shaking
  • Madison – No damage. House shook enough we wondered if we should go outside. Then it stopped. We felt it twice, and it lasted about 4 seconds.
  • Augusta, GA – Haven’t felt one since my time in the Army in Southern California.
  • Cleveland, ga – Light shake like large low flying airplane
  • Demorest ga – House shook slightly.things rattled for about 6 seconds.
  • Spartanburg, South Carolina – On the third floor – felt significant light shaking and knew it had to be an earthquake.
  • Greensboro, GA – Felt a rumble. Shook the windows beside me. Felt like a helicopter flying right over our house, but there was no noise. Cats are upset.
  • Athens – 3-4 seconds a good shake
  • Simpsonville – no damage
  • Huntersville – 2nd floor apartment – slight tremor/shaking here.
  • Buford, Ga – Light shaking for 6 – 8 seconds.
  • McCormick – Last about 10 or more seconds. Felt the house flex.
  • Charlotte, nc – Light shaking
  • Peachtree City – light shaking
  • Duluth, Georgia – No damage.
  • Fayetteville, GA – Felt shaking in the floor and bed. Lasted about 10 seconds.
  • Athens. Ga – I felt it. The tiles in my shower cracked
  • Winder – Shook house
  • Charlotte – FLoor rocked and the house gently moved
  • Commerce – shaking for 2-3 secs
  • Marietta – Shook the furniture
  • Simpsonville, SC – Felt like a lot of large military helicopters passing over the house at low altitude.
  • Thomson – Sounded like thunder then felt a rumble that was considerably longer than normally felt with thunder.
  • woodstock – My bed was shaking for several seconds. I thought it was the washing machine at first but then realized im not washing anything
  • Dunwoody, Georgia – Shook the desk and beds.
  • Greensboro – Whole house shook and windows rattled
  • Evans – MMI IV. Very noticeable shaking indoors. Nothing visibly broken or structure damage however are still without power from the recent ice storm so assessing damage at this point isn’t possible.
  • Danielsville – house shook but no damage
  • Sugar Hill – Bed shaking softly but hard enough to move wardrobe doors
  • Milner, Ga – Light shaking, nothing moved. But it was enough to notice something was not right.
  • Fletcher – Very mild, questioned that I even felt it until I looked online.
  • Auburn, GA – 15 seconds, then plate hanging on the wall shook for 30 more seconds.
  • Dearing – The whole house was shaking and it sounded like a train. No damage in the house that I can see. Not sure about outside since it’s dark out.
  • Ila – House shook for several seconds
  • Greensboro ga – House shook for about 10 seconds… 2/14/2014…10:25pm..also felt by friend 2 miles away
  • Kennesaw – Definite rattling, slight shaking. Lasted only a few seconds.
  • Lexington – Light shaking. Enough to make things move on my desk.
  • Hopkins, SC – Just felt a mild shaking after going to bed. Husband felt it on the couch also.
  • Atlanta – No damage known. Happened 2:27 GMT or 10:27pm local time. My mom felt it 60 miles away in Athens, GA.
  • Athens – No damage- but felt shaking for several seconds
  • dacula – tv shook, bed shook, stuff fell off table. lasted 10 to 20 seconds. slight after shock
  • mooresville, NC – No damage that I am aware of. Felt tremors that lasted for less than a minute and probably less than 15 seconds.
  • Dallas – Felt 30 seconds of vibrating in the house, felt like a helicopter close by, made the dogs go nuts.
  • Milledgeville – The house just started shaking and shocked me…..
  • Atlanta – The house shook a little. Little rumbling. Thought it was thunder.
  • Covington – Felt the bed and wall shake
  • Chapin – Sounded like a train, felt a little shaking that lasted less than 10 seconds, unsure if damage if any
  • Athens ga – Large jolt, mild shaking, no known damage.
  • Simpsonvile – House shook as if large truck went by, but it came from underneath instead of outside. A very odd sensation.
  • SE. Columbia – Shook for about 2 seconds and ratteled windows and home.
  • Waxhaw, NC – It didn’t last but about a minute.
  • Griffin, GA – No damage, noticeable shaking
  • Hopkins – Felt mild shakes throughout my home that lasted approximately 5 seconds.
  • Elberton – Everyone heard it and felt the uneasy shaking felt like a 10-20 second tnt blasting near my house.
  • Daniel Island – Approximately 10:25pm, large shaking in wave type movement lasting approximately 10-15 seconds with small tremor or continuation of same one for a total time from beginning to end of 1-1.5 minutes.
  • Grovetown – Felt the house move, nothing fell, daughter didn’t wake. Entire neighborhood, friends across town felt it.
  • Augusta, GA – We heard a roaring noise that sounded like what I imagine an avalanche sounds like. We think it lasted for about 10 seconds.
  • young harris – Roll for about 5 seconds pause then again. Got my attention and the dog woke up
  • Flowery Branch – House was shaking quite a bit
  • Martinez, Georgia – On 2nd floor of apt bldg–entire bldg shook for about 10 secs
  • Clover – heard a loud noise and house shaking
  • Clarkesville – Felt chair moving for 15-20 seconds. Scary but no damage.
  • Cleveland – Shook the whole house pretty good never felt an earthquake in ga been here 27 years
  • Marietta, GA – Felt like a boom.
  • Jackson – No damage.
  • blythewood – was watching big screen projector TV and thought the screen was shaking about to fall down. 10 minutes later started hearing on facebook about an earthquake
  • casar nc – no property damage. house shook like when washing machine spins and shakes house.
  • Marietta, GA – slight shake for a few seconds – no damage
  • Stephens GA – similar to very strong extended jet sensation, close train or tornado experience.
  • Johns Creek, Ga – No damage. Just felt like someone was shaking my home. I thought the floor was going to cave in.
  • Union SC – House shook for a few seconds. No damage to speak of. Never felt an earthquake before but knew right away what it was.
  • Charlotte – I thought it was a significant wind gust until I checked and it was only 5 mph
  • Marietta – About 10-15 seconds couch shaking, observed items on shelf shaking.
  • Athens – I am in an apartment on the 3rd story and it felt as though a very large person was jumping up and down in the room with me. It was startling.
  • winder – move my chair from computer to other side of room
  • eatonton, ga – Just felt like the dogs were sitting behind the couch shaking with play
  • Murrayville – it happened about 10:25 pm today the 14th it was just anounced on the news a 5.1 in south carolina
  • Athens – I am in an apartment on the 3rd story and it felt as though a very large person was jumping up and down in the room with me. It was startling.
  • winder – move my chair from computer to other side of room
  • Hoschton, GA – House was shaking like when the washing machine has an unbalanced load.
  • winder – move my chair from computer to other side of room
  • Gainesville, GA – Approximately 10:25 Eastern Time; 10 seconds of mild shaking…initially thought it was a wind gust, but the shaking discounted that. Weather radar reported winds “calm”. Experienced earthquakes in CA; felt similar.
  • Stone Mountain – it lasted like 5 seconds the whole house was shaking tho
  • Powder springs – No damage. Minimal shaking for maybe 10 seconds.
  • Beaufort – Lasted for a good minute or two
  • Mint Hill, NC – Felt my bedroom rumble. Son felt it on the couch
  • Mint Hill, NC – Felt my bedroom rumble. Son felt it on the couch
  • suwanee – i was in my living room when my window started shaking and i started to sway, i thought that i was just tired and an airplane or helicopter was flying low overhead, but everyone in the house said that they felt the ground move.
  • augusta, ga – I was sitting in the car. I heard a boom/rumble and a couple seconds later felt a drop.
  • Hartwell, Ga – Shook house and everything inside for about 10 seconds. Heard low rumble.
  • Athens – no damage
  • Lawrenceville – Felt my computer desk shaking back and forth, left to right and didn’t know what was happening, since we don’t usually get earthquakes here at all.
  • Gainesville, GA – Felt like a close by lightning strike, but without the thunder.
  • Williamson – Weak shaking for ten seconds
  • Lexington – I was moved!
  • Buford – I felt the bed shake and heard the windows shaking. It felt like the washing machine was unstable during the spin cycle
  • Huntersville, NC – Mom was in bed and felt the bed shake and the windows were rattling
  • Gastonia, NC – Felt house shake.
  • Huntersville, NC – Mom was in bed and felt the bed shake and the windows were rattling
  • Gainesville, GA – I felt it, no damage observed
  • columbia – Apartment building shook
  • Baldwin GA – light shaking glass broke
  • Lawrenceville – Whole house shook for a few seconds… no damage. Felt like VERY out of balance washing machine in next room.
  • Gainesville – Felt chair I was sitting in sway a little back and forth. Water in glass was moving. Thought it was the Rock Quarry near my house but they do not blast at night. Happened around 10:15
  • moore – My son was upstairs and said he felt his bed shaking.
  • Douglasville, Ga – I heard a rumble, the bed shook, and I could hear glass rattling. Nothing was damaged.
  • waxhaw – House shook for about 9-10 seconds with a low rubble sound. No damage detected.
  • Lexington – Standing in bathroom house shaking
  • Athens – Was in restroom at work whdn the door go the stall started shaking.
  • Colbert, GA – Shook the whole house. Strong enough to make furniture shake and jars clink on the counters.
  • sugar hill ga – the couch was shaking tonight
  • Conyers – House rattled, window panes shook
  • NICHOLSON – felt like someone was stomping inside my house and upset the dogs
  • Statham ga – Thought something was under the bed trying to get out
  • Lexington sc – Standing in bathroom house shaking
  • Jefferson, GA – 2-3 seconds, a rumble went through the house
  • sugar hill ga – the couch was shaking tonight
  • snellville Ga – My dishes in the sink rattled and the wall creaked
  • Cumming – No damage. Scared the crap out of my wife and daughter, though!
  • Greenville, SC – No damage, just some shaking
  • Eatonton – House shook for 2 seconds.
  • Conley – My entire house shook….my bed shook the most
  • North Augusta, SC – Felt like a convoy of buses were passing right down my alley! Felt like I was in a bus going over a bumpy road. Lasted maybe 20 seconds.
  • Hephzibah – My bed was shaking. I thought something from the exorcist was going on ;-;
  • Toccoa – Sitting on the couch watching a movie when the couch started shaking stood up and the house was too.
  • Charlotte, NC – Shook entire house, no damage, 15 seconds
  • Gilbert – I felt it shake the entire house approximately 10 seconds.
  • Toccoa – Sitting on the couch watching a movie when the couch started shaking stood up and the house was too.
  • Gastonia,NC – It was a similar shaking to when the VA earthquake hit, but not as intense. My house shook side to side a little and you could see the blinds moving, I live in a much older house, so it’s very easy to feel. No immediate damage noticed so far.
  • powder springs – no damage, very light shaking, but noticable
  • Lexington SC – House shook neighbor outside felt it very unnerving no apparent damage
  • Madison – Felt the house shake nothing broken though
  • Dunwoody – Felt shake while on my bed. It scared my 2 yr-old cat enough, who was sleeping in her own kitty bed on the floor, that she came to lay right next to me seeking comfort.
  • Huntersville – I had just sat on my bed and felt a light shaking.
  • Hephzibah – My bed was shaking. I thought something from the exorcist was going on ;-;
  • Evans – The whole house shook. Felt like the house moved off of its foundation.
  • Cumming, GA – It moved the entire house for about 10-15 seconds.
  • Waynesboro – A lil shaking
  • Dawsonville – Shook bed, disturbed curtains, windows rattled. Happened twice for 5-10 seconds
  • Grovetown – Our whole house shook and we heard a loud rumble
  • Huntersville, NC – Our house shook rather gently. More a quick ululation. Almost deep vibrations through the floors. All wall mounted pictures rattled. Nothing broken though.
  • Anderson sc – Felt bed shake.thought dog was stuck under bed, trying to get out? Fiance heard it coming like a roar. And floor shaking.
  • Macon – Bed started to sway and it felt like something was trying to move our house.
  • Greensboro – Entire 4000 sq ft house shook for a few seconds
  • Suwanee, GA – At 10:34pm we felt two slight tremors; the first lasted for one second, then another 2 seconds later that lasted about 3 seconds. Called WSB radio to report the earthquake and the screener said it was probably a “frost quake” from the recent snow/freeze. We’re from Seattle so hesitated to believe the “frost quake” explanation. About 10 minutes later both radio and TV news reporting earthquake.
  • Stone Mountain – No knowledge of damage
    Was on phone and felt couch vibrate
  • Comer – Felt the house shake for about 7 seconds. It scared the cat.
  • marietta, ga – House shook like a from a strong roll of thunder and about as long.
  • Thomson – Playing “Rummicub” with aunt and heard sound and felt shaking. My dog was still asleep. Scary. Also Grandmamma did not wake up. Ice storm, earthquake , no power, storm, wow.
  • gainesville – Just felt shaking in the house. Thought ice was sliding off roof.
  • Macon – Slight vibrations of the house for about 20-30 seconds.
  • Bishop/Georgia – No known damage.
  • Buckhead – Made me drop my Smirnoff ice on the hardwood floor. I am scared.
  • Loganville – No known damage. approximately 4-5 seconds of light shaking of house.
  • canton – nothing fell or broke, but definitely a noticeable shuddering
  • Griffin – Sitting in bed, leaning against the wall and the wall started shaking/vibrating
  • Union Mills – Heard noise and dog was upset.
  • gastonia – i heard a loud noise and then seen my computer desk shake , i didnt think anything of it untill i seen other people on facebook in my town talking about it
  • Eatonton – Just enough shaking to move bedside lamp
  • Buford – couch and house shook
  • Stockbridge – My bed shook.
  • Cary – I live in Cary, North Carolina and heard then saw my lamps shaking, and yelled earthquake! It was about 10:25 pm
  • Eatonton – Just enough shaking to move bedside lamp
  • Stockbridge – My bed shook.
  • Stockbridge – I was sitting on my floor working on the laptop and the floor started shaking and in the middle of cooking dinner I realized my water stopped working. Reported this to the patrol officer in my apt complex and he informed me it was an earthquake!
  • Charlotte – Slight shaking of shower doors
  • Acworth – Felt my desk shake. Wife in the other room felt like she slammed a door very hard.
  • Athens – Heard things rattling on glass shelves for about one second.
  • Evsns – It was strong enough to wake me up. I have never felt anything like it. I joked to my husband that it was an earthquake.
  • Colbert – My wife jumped from the couch and asked what that was. I felt nothing in the recliner. I do not believe we had any damage to out home
  • South Carolina – No damage. Intense shaking.
  • Toccoa – Shook for several seconds with rumbling sound.
  • Gainesville, GA – Awaken by the house shaking for about 2-3 seconds and then it was over.
  • milton – I was sitting on my couch taking a test and then my house and I were shaking back and forth. It was like the creepy moving floors in a creepy funhouse that shake back and forth.
  • Hephzibah – Felt outside. Nothing fell or broke inside. No outside damage. Felt shaking for about 10 seconds. Got stronger towards the end.
  • Chapin – I thought it was the washer.
  • athens – In Athens Georgia our whole house shook
  • Rock Hill – Computer monitor started shaking a bit, like I had bumped the table but continued several seconds. Heard a low rumble during that time. To me it felt like a washing machine off balance or someone jumping in the other room. No damage.
  • Rock Hill – Computer monitor started shaking a bit, like I had bumped the table but continued several seconds. Heard a low rumble during that time. To me it felt like a washing machine off balance or someone jumping in the other room. No damage.
  • Flowery Branch – Sitting in bed where there was some rumbling and bed shook a little…
  • Elgin – Heard rumble, felt shaking
  • Alpharetta – I was sitting on the couch when I felt the shake and the floor lamp beside me shook as well, nothing else.
  • Alpharetta – I was sitting on the couch when I felt the shake and the floor lamp beside me shook as well, nothing else.
  • Athens, GA – Heard it before I felt it- thought a tree falling-then felt floor rumbling-thought furnace doing something weird and about to explode-then whole house shook and I knew it was earthquake. Grandson said glassware rattled upstairs. My first ever-was disturbing but no damage.
  • Flowery Branch – Sitting in bed where there was some rumbling and bed shook a little…
  • Rincon – No damage, thank God, the shake was weak enough that we all wondered who was playing the practical joke on us?!
  • Rincon – No damage, thank God, the shake was weak enough that we all wondered who was playing the practical joke on us?!
  • Dacula, GA – slight shaking of bed on second floor
  • Auburn – I heard the dishes in my cabinets rattling & felt a slight shudder thru the floor.
  • Denver – Thought I was going crazy. I heard what I thought was thunder more so than felt it.
  • Auburn – I heard the dishes in my cabinets rattling & felt a slight shudder thru the floor.
  • Social Circle – Alarmed enough to say “What was that”? Commented that is was an airplane but there was no sound, so we ignored it and went back to watching the Sochi Olympic men’s ice skating. No structural damage. 🙂
  • Denver – Thought I was going crazy. I heard what I thought was thunder more so than felt it.
  • Denver – Thought I was going crazy. I heard what I thought was thunder more so than felt it.
  • Marietta – No Damage, strong shaking of apartment.
  • Oakwood – Heard a shifting sound and then the house began to shake. No damage.
  • Buford – Sounds like a funny Valentine’s joke if you think about it. Felt the whole house shake. Thought it was a tornado at first.
  • Grovetown – Strong shaking felt in house.
  • Columbia, SC 29212-1915 – No damage noticed so far.

    Felt and sounded like a helicopter was landing in the yard. Lasted about 15 seconds.

  • Newnan, Georgia – Just felt it enough to know I wasn’t imagining it.
  • Dacula Georgia – A quick burst of one side of the house shaking. No damage. My very first encounter.
  • Charlotte – No visible damage but we felt the shakwr
  • commerce – Sitting in the living room felt the floor moving and the glasses on top of the China cabinet started clanking
  • Martinez – I thought it was a train in the backyard. Scary
  • buford – House was gently rocking back and forth. No damage.
  • Dahlonega – The tremor lasted only about five seconds, but it happened. Lot’s of vibration, nothing feel though.
  • Bogart, GA – Sitting on sofa by window; heard and felt rumbling and immediately thought “that was a quake” but my husband didn’t believe me or seem to feel it. and then it stopped! about 10 seconds.
  • Grovetown – FeLt It From The Foundation Up First I Heard A Loud Rumble The Kids Came Running We Were Scared Lasted About10 Sec We Didnt Know What Was Going On Never Felt Nothing Like That before
  • Tucker – Light rumble as if a tree fell
  • Covington – Chimney made a weird noise and door was rattling. I had no idea was it was and didn’t want to scare my son. So I ignored it.
  • Grayson – Bed was shaking.
  • Marietta – I was sitting on my couch watching a movie and stood up because my couch started shaking and then it stopped. I thought I was crazy,but it was confirmed when I saw it on social media and news website. I hope to never feel that anyway.
  • Gray, GA – House shook and dogs barked for a few seconds!
  • Columbia, sc – Shaking noticeably stronger than large vehicle rumbling down the street, house shook hard for a few seconds
  • canon – Was laying in bed and bed shook. Was home alone and i thought someone had gotten in the bed with me. Freaky.
  • Cumming, GA – Watching TV and fireplace mantle was shaking and things on it were shifting. Thought it was an airplane flying over.
  • Conyers – Light shaking, felt on first an second floors.
  • charlotte, nc – I got up to look out of the window because I thought that some type of oversize truck had come down the street. I live in a cul de sac.
  • Rutledge – Asked my husband what he was doing because the house was shaking. Realized he was asleep on sofa. Cat sat straight up. Lasted about 10 seconds.
  • Heath Springs, SC – Felt like clothes washer overbalanced
  • Athens – House shook, deep grumbling sound, windows rattled…..knew it was an earthquake immediately. Recognized earthquake as we moved here to Georgia from San Fransisco where minor earthquakes are not rare.
  • Cleveland – No damage.
  • Madison, GA – Couch I was sitting on was moving and the ground felt very unstable, heard a rumble about 5 seconds before I felt the ground shake.
  • Hoschton – No damage but definitely a crazy feeling!
  • gwinnett – Light shaking dog fell woke me up
  • cumming – no damage just whole house shake lasted about 3 sewconds
  • Oxford, GA – Light shaking lasting less than 10 seconds. Some structural and shifting noises from house but no apparent damage and no displaced items in home.
  • Columbia, SC – About 8-10 seconds of rumbling and shaking. No damage.
  • Bogart, GA – At first I thought it was my cat scratching/thumping. Then I thought it was a train … But didn’t hear the train.
  • Flovilla – No damage that I know of. Felt like a really low flying jet plane had come through.
  • Jacksonville – I suddenly felt very dizzy and like my eyes and brain were shaking and I couldn’t focus on what I was doing for a second. I told someone later it was as if I felt odd, sick, or going to pass out and then it was over. I logged in to Facebook to see a news posting about the earthquake which occurred about the same time
  • Suwanee, GA – I know the earthquake happened tonight around 10:30pm, but at around 6pm this evening I felt a vibration feeling through the floor of my house. Almost like the floor was flexing. Did anyone else experience that?
  • Eatonton georgia – Shook home lightly for 10 seconds at least, woke sleeping tolddler.
  • dacula – i felt it shaking for 8-10 seconds, unnerving, other people in other areas of my home felt nothing.. Many many people in the gwinnett, barrow, jackson county are felt it as well
  • kennesaw – Felt 2 distinct quivers in the 2nd story floor. Noticed ripples in a glass of water.
  • Milledgeville – Sudden shaking…no rolling
  • McCormick, south carolina – no visible damage. 5.4 magnitude quake going unreported. 4.4 magnitude quake in edgefield as well. stopped to gas car, everything was shaking. loud rumble. lasted about 20-25 seconds. my son slept through it in the back seat.
  • Monroe, GA – Thought there was a low flying helicopter- my friend asked if the washing machine was running. Could feel shaking in the chair and table where I was sitting.
  • West Columbia – Heard rather loud rumble, then felt moderate shaking, both lasting 10 to 15 seconds and a bit scary…I immediately called friend in Pond Branch who felt nothing, but her daughter 10 minutes away from her location did feel it.
  • martinez – Whole house shaking and loud noise
  • Augusta – I was in downtown Augusta, GA and it was felt fairly well there for about 10 seconds. I immediately got texts from other soldiers in and around FT Gordon, GA who also felt it. One friend reported that it “rattled some stuff on shelves”.
  • Flowery Branch,GA – Bed shook a little and rumbling sounds like thunder
  • Edgefield S.C. – I was in the kitchen when I herd a big boom it sounded like transformers had blown then I saw my cleaning supply shaking and I was screaming because I didn’t know what was going on :@ I am still shook up about it
  • Evans – The whole house shook. Went outside and all the neighbors came outside and talked about it. No damage.
  • Athens – We were at the movies when we felt mild shaking/vibrations for about 5-10 seconds.
  • Oxford, Ga – My bed vibrated a little…it was noticeable…felt strange…lasted for like 5 seconds…very rare for Georgia ..crazy weather and now earthquake?…sounds like a wake up call….
  • clayton county ga – Felt building shake for 5/ 6 seconds heard loud noise out side thought it may have been s.sonic jet being flown overhead. Also experiencing rain.
  • Virginia Beach, VA – Felt like bed was shaking, went on for 5-10 seconds – long enough for me to wonder if it was an earthquake and search online to see if there had been any in the area at that time!
  • Comer, GA – Heard a deep rumbling that slowly got louder and stronger to the point that I could feel slight vibrations on my couch where I was sitting. The rumbling slowly faded away, total amount of time this lasted was between 10 to 15 seconds
  • Cumming, GA – Felt the bed shake and heard rumbling outside.
  • Conyers – Heard a strong sudden burst of wind outside just before the shaking started.
  • Winder, Ga – Entire house shook, wife and I stopped what we were doing and took notice. Home has not shook in that way before, even during a strong thunderstorm.
  • rutherfordton nc – very weak could see storm door moving a little bit and hear the medal hitting the bed very gently
  • Warner Robins – Walls, bed and chairs all shook for 8-10 seconds.
  • north augusta,sc – Felt the whole house shaking the Windows were rattling it was scary never had that happen to me before
  • Dallas, nc – I felt the full house shaking like 15 seconds then two minutes later my sister called me from rock hill, sc and she asked if I felt the hearhquake.
  • Cleveland, Georgia – Felt slight rumbling of the ground. Customers where I work felt it.
  • Augusta, GA – Live in a highrise in downtown Augusta. Building shook – about 10PM – thought it was an explosion nearby. No damage.
  • Grovetown – Nothing fell over but i felt the whole house shake, starting at my feet then 6 seconds later i could visually see the ceiling shaking.
  • Macon – Sitting outside I felt myself bouncing up and down in my chair. I thought I was going crazy!
  • Cumming ga – Lying in bed and felt the bed shaking . At first I thought it was my dog scratching up against the bed but then I seen her laying over in the chair. Weird feeling!!! First time ever!
  • Athens,ga – light tremors
  • Athens – Thought I farted but didn’t smell anything
  • Warner Robins, Ga – I heard a rumble and the house started shaking. It lasted for a few seconds then stopped.
  • marietta – Definite yet brief shaking (on 2nd floor) and sound. No damage that we know of. – East Cobb – Marietta – approx 10:30 pm
  • Marietta – At first I thought it was those phish kids at the TAB show in Georgia tonight but then I realized it was an earthquake. What a relief.
  • Clarkesville – I was watching a movie & felt my chair shaking. The glass on the shelves were rattling as well. Lasted about 10-15 seconds. Mild movement but nothing I’ve ever felt before.
  • Covington – Felt floor shaking low rumbling then it moved upwards to the walls. Only lasted a few seconds. First thought was a earthquake.
  • Walnut Grove GA – Strong enough to shake sofa around with me on it, could feel it bouncing on wood floor. Pictures on walls rattled. Lasted several seconds. No obvious damage on inside.
  • Augusta – It shook our entire house. We thought it was maybe our laundry machine, but it lasted for 10 seconds tops. Our water tower busted and water spewed everywhere! Social networks also are going crazy !
  • Johnson City, TN – I live in a 105 year old house. I was on the third floor and the bookshelves and everything on them was shaking and rattling.
  • Hartwell,Ga. – Whole house shook, lasted about 10 seconds.
  • Cumming ga – Felt bed shaking and rumbling noise. First thought dog was scratching up against bed, but she was over in the chair. First time feeling an earthquake. Very weird feeling!!!!!!
  • Milner – I could feel the sofa shake, son light rattling of pictures on the walls.
  • spartanburg – Shook the whole house! Windows rattled. The floor lamps were shaking.
  • Mint Hill – Heard a strange rumbling sound and desk began to shake. I thought it was snow sliding off of the roof. Only lasted about 5 seconds Then about an hour later my daughter came in and told me it was being reported that there was an earthquake. Very strange.
  • Monroe – Felt two separate tremors within a minute of each other. Wife was washing clothes and I thought the washing machine was out of balance. She told me just the dryer was on, now I know why!
  • Dallas – No damage, very loud creaking of our home over a 20-30 second period.
  • Augusta – No damage that I know of aside from this week’s ice storm. Felt like rumbling as if a plane was passing over the house or big truck driving by outside. I thought the AC unit was turning on in a strange way.
  • habersham county – My mother and my sister felt it and the whole house and objects shook for about 10 seconds
  • wilkes/lincoln – never felt nothing like it before, very scary!
  • Lexington,SC – No damage rumbling first then just shook the house for a few seconds
  • Columbia sc – Felt the bed shake for 15 seconds.
  • Mableton, GA – Felt my bed shake and saw my ceiling fan shake.
  • Thomson Ga – Woke up to a loud boom and then felt the house shaking.No damage on inside.Too dark to check outside.It was very unnerving.
  • Toccoa – A rumble, I thought the washing machine on the spin cycle!
  • Dahlonega, Georgia – At 10:25 pm we felt what we initially thought might be a micro-burst of wind from west to east from the incoming Alberta clipper. It rattled dishes in our hutch and created a surreal movement throughout our house. It rumbled as though a powerful gust of wind and rain had struck. No known damage. Still, a little unnerving!
  • easley – I was lying on the couch and felt light shaking for about 10 seconds.
  • Carrollton, ga – Felt shaking inside room
  • AUGUSTA – No damage
  • grovetown, Georgia – Whole house shook. No aftershock felt.
  • Columbia SC – Heard rumbling noise and two story brick house swayed back and forth approximately three times. Lasted about 5 seconds. No visible damage yet.
  • Hartwell – Some of us felt it, some didn’t.
  • Red Hill, Ga – Sitting in lounge chair tv on but thought I heard rumbling it felt like something was going under chair with waves feelings. Then the chair started shaking about 20 seconds and looked at bed & it was shaking. That was about 10:25PM February 14th.
  • Peachtree City! Ga. – In bed on second floor of house, felt weak shaking of ground for a few seconds. Wondered if it was a quake because it had a similar roll feeling like I had experienced in California and Japan. Felt a second roll for a few more seconds.
  • Augusta Mall Area – Low roaring increased significantly, followed by “Wave shaking” Felt like my sofa shifted about 3 to 6″… Unsettling
  • Hephzibah Ga – Felt light shake then a more intense shake. Also heard what sound like thunder. I was awaken by the movement.
  • Canton, GA – The house shook for a few seconds. I originally thought a large tree hit the house. I went outside to see what happened and when I returned I heard on the TV that we had an earthquake. It was an odd experience. Not sure of any damage at this time.
  • ft gordon georgia – 8-10 seconds shaking in 3 story building, heard it before we could feel the tremors
  • Seneca, S.C. – Felt like a big truck rumbling through my yard. I couldn’t figure out why the big chair I was in was shaking.
  • South Congaree – Laying in bed when the whole house and bed started shaking. It was like a train right next to the house, but there are no tracks nearby.
  • Grovetown – Heard kind of a roaring sound at first, then felt everything shaking. Didn’t last very long, but I knew I had just felt an earthquake. Windows rattled slightly, but nothing more than that.
  • Conyers, GA, – Was audible. House shook just slightly…felt and sounded like lightening/thunder.
  • Barnesville – The entire house felt like it was swaying back and forth from south east to north west. Pictures on the wall shook and the ceiling fans shook.
  • Indian Land – I was in bed at around 10:30pm EST and felt the whole house shake for a couple of seconds.
  • Buford – Couch and house shook about 6 seconds
  • Pineola nc – Dishes rattled sitting on couch felt a jolt located near grandfather mtn
  • Winnsboro SC – I instantly knew this was not the familiar train that goes by the house. Much lower rumble and my granite house shook. Stone houses don’t normaly “rock and roll” ;o) like that!
  • Murphy, NC – Felt the bed shake, tv was moving
  • Cumming GA – I had just gotten into bed and my bed vibrated. At first I thought it was the dog scratching under my bed but realized later he was in his bed in the living room. Latest just seconds-maybe 3 or 4.
  • Columbia – It felt like our apartment building was made of jello. The shaking lasted for about 5-10 seconds. No visible damage, no structural “popping” sounds or resettling.
  • Elberton,GA – Shook the entire house. About 72 miles from where the quake occurred. No damage located as of yet.
  • Charlotte, NC – Felt bed shake. Thought someone was stomping around causing the floors to shake.
  • Autryville, NC – My son came out of his room & asked why his bed shook. My wife & I didnt feel it & told him to go back to bed. Thought he was trying to get out of going to bed until I woke up & read the news report this morning.
  • Jonesville, SC – Entire house shook for about 20 seconds. Felt/sounded like very strong winds pushing against the house.
  • Simpsonville, SC – 3rd floor apartment. no damage. Almost like a quick bang feeling that went up through the building. I always hear and feel it when a door slams below me, but this sounded more like somebody kicked a door in or like a sonic boom. Bed shook for about a second.
  • Athens – No damage in the least, but sitting at dinner with friends and it felt like a dryer was shaking vigorously beside us for a few moments.
  • Decatur, GA – Felt shaking in bed, thought tree falling but still. Awoke and irritated cat – what doesn’t though.
  • Kennesaw – Light shaking, felt bed shaking like a distant train was going by. No damage.
  • Toccoa – Watching TV the couch and could feel the floor below shaking and looked up and saw the fan shaking.
  • Marietta, Georgia – very light like rumbling, almost thought a garbage truck was coming down the road, but it was night time.
  • Ila – I haven’t checked around for any damage. I thought maybe a tree fell right outside or something because of the rumble and my chair shaking as if someone was shaking it trying to get my attention.
  • Eatonton – No damage that I can tell, but it shook our house!
  • Winder – Haven’t checked yet.
  • newnan – was upstairs in bed watching tv and bed started shaking.
  • Cumming – Ground shook for about 10 seconds
  • Appling – No damage just shaking. First thought it was a big lumber truck or something. Just glad the power stayed on.
  • Watkinsville, Ga – Shaking woke me up and I could feel the vibrations and the glasses in the cabinet were clinking together. My hound dogs were scared and shaking.
  • Buford – I was in bed and my bed shook and creaked. I wasn’t sure what it was until I saw the news at eleven. When it occurred, I called a friend as I thought I had a spirit in the house. Woke her back up at half past 11to tell her nt to worry, just an earth quake.
  • Asheboro – I was sitting at my computer in a cheaply made chair and felt the chair rumble underneath me and told my husband I just felt an earthquake and he laughed. Then the news came on and annouced it and he had a funny look on his face then. lol
  • Cleveland, TN – Experienced mild shaking.
  • Charlotte, NC – It was more like a rumble. I asked my husband, “what was that?!” and he said, probably the heat coming on.
    I’m sorry this happened, but glad to know some of us have a greater ‘sense’ of things around us. Also,dogs were nervously walking around while normally would be sleeping. No damage.
  • Elberton, Georgia – Light shaking for several minutes
  • bethlehem – couch and 2nd floor shook for several seconds – felt like a truck passed through my basement
  • Loganville Georgia – Felt like house moved a little! will have to check for damage.
  • Marietta,Ga – Lasted about 7 seconds. Was laying in bed and thought the dog was shaking the bed but she was downstairs. It was weak but just strong enough and strange so I got up to investigate.
  • douglasville – I was lying in bed when I felt the bed shake back and forth. I yelled to my husband who was in the adjacent bathroom and asked hi if he felt something. He had not felt anything. It stopped and then started a second time. I thought my teenage son was playing a trick on me by hiding underneath the bed. I looked and he was not there. When me husband came out of the bathroom, I told him that the earth had just moved!
  • Cleveland, GA – First is was windy, a strong wind and rain, but then suddenly it was different, as if a huge wall was pushing on the house and it was loud, not like any other noise I’ve heard, not wind, and I was awake in bed, and the bed was shaking and I felrt a “path” of the shaking from my bed over to the bookcase which was shaking. The duration seemes about 15 seconds. I was trying to figure out what it was. This is the second earthquake I’ve had here at this location.
  • Rutledge – The entire house started shaking. It lasted about 10-15 seconds. It was quite shocking.
  • braselton – sounded like something large hit the ground crashing. heard rattling in fireplace. very strange feeling.
  • Concord NC – On 2-14-14 in Concord, NC at about 10 pm, the house started to virate slightly, noticed by the lamp shade quivering.
  • Monroe – No damage that I can see
  • Asheville – Item on top of chest second floor shook no damage
  • McDonough, GA – No damage that I know of. I felt the house shake and wondered if there had been a wreck nearby Iran a large tree fall in the yard.
  • Deep Gap, NC – My daughter was reading on the couch and felt a slight shaking. She thought it was the washing machine but realized that it wasn’t on. Later that night, around midnight, my husband heard two loud booms. He thought maybe someone had decided to shoot of Valentines fireworks but he thought they sounded more like sonic booms. This may or may not be related to the earthquake.
  • Alpharetta – Felt like a train passing
  • Dahlonega – Lying in bed on 3rd floor of our house. Felt bed shaking. No apparent damage.
  • cumming, ga – Felt bed shaking for 5-10 seconds. Wondered how wind could be that strong.
  • Edgefield – We had just gotten our power back on related to ice storm and suddenly heard loud rumbling followed by what sounded like an explosion that rocked my entire house and almost knocked me off my feet. Have not discovered any structural damage to my house. This was somewhere around 10:25 pm EST. it is now 1:00 pm the next day and haven’t felt any aftershocks. Looks like part of the Pax Mountain line runs through this area. Epicenter close to Clark’s Hill/Thurmond Lake Dam above Augusta GA but so far
  • Anderson, sc – My wife and I were in same room. Room was visblably shaking for approximate 3 seconds.
  • Stone Mountain – Sitting on an office chair, with wheels, on the second floor of my house and felt the floor shake and the chair began to roll. Some small items on a bookcase started moving. No noticeable property damage.
  • Athens, GA – Felt a very light tremor that rattled our dishes very briefly
  • Forsyth,Georgia – Dad ask mom if she was doing something to shake the house(lol seriously)
  • Lenoir – We have never felt or heard anything like it. No damage that we can initially see.
  • Blythewood – Shook my house good. I thought a tree branch fell on my roof.
  • Covington – No damage occoured. I was at an auction and I felt a very light shaking. I had no idea it was an earthquake until I what happened a couple hours later. Shaking happened for a few seconds.
  • Clemson, SC – No damage but the rumbling and movement started at one side of the room and moved, rumbling, across the entire room…right at my feet!…over to the other side. Incredible! I knew immediately it was an earthquake and told my husband to make note of the time: 10:23 pm. Half hour later it was reported that it occurred at 10:23 pm!
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  • Townsend – Shook the bed slightly and rattled an open door against the side of its cabinet. Lasted maybe 7-8seconds. No damage that we’ve seen so far.
  • Hurley, VA – At 7:00 a.m. this morning I heard and felt a large boom sound followed by a long, low-rumbling sound accompanied by mild shaking. My sister, who lives five miles away at Paynesville, WV experienced the same thing at about the same time.
  • martinez – lasted about 5-8 seconds. heard loud rubbling noise first than shaking began with slight shaking of house then faded away
  • Roswell GA – Was awakened by a shake then felt 10 seconds or so of weak shaking.
  • macon, georgia – Sitting in bed reading. No noise at all and then I felt the house foundation shaking several times and a noise like something moved under my house. I thought it might be a tree falling or big truck rumbling by…it was not the sound of a BOOM BOX BASS blasting. Very different feeling…knew something must have happened…like an earthquake?
    Then today I found out that SC had an earthquake around that time.
  • Alpharetta – I had just parked my car at gas station, felt the car shake back and forth, I thought it was the wind. Then the same shaking happened two more times. This time I noticed there wasn’t any wind, I thought how strange. Then my husband told me about the earthquake. Same exact time of night, around 10:20 pm.
  • marietta, ga – parked in vehicle with windows up because of rain. i thought a gust of wind had just rocked my car. also heard 10 seconds of rolling thunder. thought it was just a thunderstorm
  • Woodstock – Our daughters were in bed and felt their beds shaking for a few seconds.
  • kings mountain nc – Strong vibration in bed….rattled windows we all felt it. My husband knew instantly it was a earthquake.
  • Loganville – Light shaking like several Semi-trucks driving by in close proximity for about 5-7 seconds. No damage noted. Home is located in an area with high granite content and out cropings.
  • Rentz, Georgia – The house felt like it was going to be shaken off of its foundation and the bed seemed to move back and forth. Strange scary feeling. I would compare the strength of the movement to an automobile hitting the house. Only lasted about 10 to 15 seconds. I didn’t know what was causing the house and furniture to shake like that. No noticable damage to the house.
  • Lawrenceville – The quake came in 2, 3 second waves very close to each other. Caused a long, heavy dresser with a mirror to bump against the wall. My husband was on the computer & he also felt two gusts of wind go through our house. Initially we thought a tree fell in the backyard due to the ice storm, or that something must have exploded to send a blast of air. This quake was weaker than a quake felt about 10 years ago from AL (3.5) which made a 400 lb cabinet hit the wall many times, & woke both dogs up.
  • Evans – Felt it & heard a loud rumble, was sitting on sofa watching t.v..shake lasted at least 10-15sec
  • Union – Rattled cups on counters, dishes in cabinet could be heard rattling, over very quickly, maybe 5 seconds. No damage.
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  • Southcarolina – Auf einmal hat mein sofa gewackelt
  • athens, ga – No damage, just a little shaking
  • Hoschton, Georgia – about 5 seconds of weak shaking, then 5 seconds of light shaking
  • Columbia, SC – House shook for about 5 seconds
  • ball ground – desk and shower doors started shaking
  • Athens, Georgia – Pictures wiggled, that was it.
  • Gastonia – Felt the whole house shake and pop. 4 to 8 seconds
  • grovetown – Felt and heard the house shaking pretty good. We came outside and saw a couple of our neighbors coming out as well!
  • MADISON GA – About 10:25 pm EST, our house shook slightly for about 5-10 seconds
  • Atlanta – Bed shaking. No damage. I felt the same thing maybe 15 years ago during a mild tremor.
  • Augusta – Felt like heavy semi passing by, had a good duration. Have verified being felt at least 10 miles out from my area!
  • Chapin,SC – heard rumbling noise,felt vibration in home and witnessed water in a bottle shaking.Dog awoke and became upset.
  • Hephzibah – Moderatel shaking startled us. The whole house rattled.
  • Clayton, GA – Felt tremor for approximately 10 seconds at approximately 10:20 PM on February 14, 2014.
  • Milledgeville – Around 10:26 p.m. our entire house was shaking! The couch we were sitting on to the lamp shades. We heard the rumble and everything!
  • Clemson, SC – Occurred at 10:25 eastern time
  • Aiken – Sitting at my kitchen table, felt the floor move first, then got stronger, whole house shook for about 3 seconds
  • Austell, GA – Felt sofa shaking for 30 seconds
  • Milton, GA – no damage
  • Dacula – At approximately 10:23 pm, February 14, 2014.

    I felt a light earthquake. I’ve been in some tough ones in California, so I’m pretty sure it was an earthquake, but not more than 2.5 or 3.0 on the OMG scale.

  • commerce – Watching television around 10:25 when my bed started shaking, and the walls where rattling! My dogs felt it too bc they went crazy!
  • Lawrenceville, GA – My daughter and I felt weak shaking for about 10 seconds around 2230 on February 14, 2014.
  • watkinsville, georgia – house shook for 10 sec.
  • Lexington, South Carolina – Felt bed shaking, lasted about 3 seconds . Whole house shuddered.
  • Norcross – Felt movement, lamps in room were shaking, lasted about 15-20 seconds
  • Ball Ground, GA – Desk lamps fell over, house started shaking… lasted about 5 minutes. No property damage though.
  • Rockdale – no damage, the house shook at about 10:30 stopped within the minute
  • Augusta, Georgia – It does not take much of an earthquake to shake houses in areas that are not used to such things, and the entire house shook for about 20 seconds.
  • Jefferson Ga – No Damage but definite shaking of entire house
  • charlotte NC – I felt our building shake. I am on the 41st floor.
  • Duluth – 10:24pm est
  • Clermont, ga. – shaking for about 30 seconds, no damage
  • Georgia – I felt the floor shaking, also my fan started to shake. The duration was around 5 seconds. I have a twitter and a lot of my friends near me have felt the same thing.
  • Suwanee – Just felt an earthquake. Our neighbors felt it also.
  • Canton, Georgia – Shaking lasted about 10 sec
  • Colbert Georgia – felt a shaking as I sat on couch.
  • Stanley – felt like a tremor
  • Watkinsville – no damages, just tangible shaking
  • Milton – House shook slightly.
  • Grovetown – medium rumble for about 12 seconds at 10:24 p.m. EST. as if the clothes dryer was spinning off balance, but the whole house. Everyone noticed it.
  • Athens, GA – Enough to make me sit up and take notice
  • Elberton – Pictures and items shook on walls. Beds moved. Plumbing rattled.
  • Athens – strong wind
  • Macon – 15 second duration floor shaking
  • MADISON GA – About 10:25 pm EST, our house shook slightly for about 5 seconds
  • Athens, ga – Just felt a little shake!
  • Commerce – Furniture and windows rattled. It felt like a large tree had fallen in the yard.
  • Atlanta – Saw slight movement in house, heard noise
  • Columbia – Weak
  • Kennesaw – Shaking enough we werent sure what it was. movement confirmed via facebook all across north GA
  • Loganville – about 10:30pm est felt house shake like a large tree limb hit it. thought it could be some ice falling from the roof since we just got out of a freeze but no ice spotted on ground after perimeter check.
  • Cumming, ga – Bed was shaking
  • Hartwell – Shaking strong enough to knock a picture off the wall.
  • Atlanta, GA – Thought it may be the wind, but the dogs freaked out a bit much. Stronger than a wind gust.
  • Monroe – House shook for about 4 seconds. Multiple friends within 25 miles felt it as well
  • hephzibah ga – Whole house shook but nothing feel over.
  • Braselton – It was pandemonium. I had to turn off the TV and check the family. My daughter thought that it was the apocalypse coming for her. 5 minutes later, we are still shaking from surviving through the near death experience.
  • Johns Creek – Felt shaking
  • norcross GA – I was sitting on my bed and I felt a shake..
  • Langley – For about 45 mins before it happened my dogs were pacing and whining and would’t relax and lay down.
    Then it felt like something was trapped under the chair I am sitting in and I heard stuff on my back porch falling over.
  • Gaffney – Heard rumble and felt house shake. No known property damage at this time.
  • Watkinsville – Felt house shaking for 3 or 4 seconds.
  • Warner Robins, GA – Light shaking of floors and doors
  • Milledgeville – Wow, felt the recliner shake me awake from a mild sleep.
  • Athens-clarke county – Whole house shook.
  • Canton, GA – beds and items on shelves shook for 10 seconds or so.
  • Flowery Branch, GA – Was sitting upstairs surfing on my computer when the house began to tremble. Felt like the washing machine downstairs was in an imbalance spin cycle, except the rumbling could be felt throughout the house.
  • Loganville – The lamp was shaking.
  • Covington – Only my bed shook. Only felt the vibration through my matress.
  • Williamson, GA – Felt the sofa shaking very mildly for about 5-7 seconds.
  • Evans, ga – Everyone in the house sleeping or awake felt the earthquake! Some thought a low flying plane had a sonic boom, or that a train derailed nearby. But the trains are not running. The news said it was felt as far north as Virginia, and as far south as savannah, Georgia, USA.
  • Anderson – No visible damage yet. Will look more closely in daylight hours. Felt the rumbles in the floor and heard rattling of objects around the house. No car alarms, objects falling off shelves, etc., just a very distinct rumble.
  • Bryson City, NC – No experience in rating these things but I’d call it strong but short.
  • milledgeville, Ga – Objects on desk wobbling. Whole building shaking. Nothing broken.
  • augusta, ga – Felt a strong rumble and heard roar for 5-10 secs. Just had an Ice storm with many fallING trees but this was much stronger!
  • Loganville – Whole house shaking. Windows rattled . Mirror on wall shook
  • winder, ga – Heard a rumble first then felt the house shake. The water in my fish tank sloshed a bit. Lasted maybe 5 seconds
  • Loganville, GA – Shook the house for a few seconds
  • Augusta – No damage was done. I honestly even had to question if it was an earthquake or not, but my friends across town had felt the shaking as well so I know that I wasn’t just going crazy.
  • Augusta – Felt like when the thunder rolls, and the lightning strikes.
  • Atlanta – I felt my bed moving a bit. Thought it was my external hard drive. Saw a Facebook update that said that Georgia had an earthquake. Looked at my external hard drive. It is not plugged in.
  • Toccoa, ga – Sofa felt like it was moving up and down for several seconds. This was at 10:25 pm.
  • Marietta – No damage, stuff was falling off my bedside table though.
  • Tucker – Pretty minor shaking for ~5seconds. Just enough time to think “Hey, this is probably an earthquake… neat.”
  • Dahlonega – Shook my whole house!
  • cumming – Dog was worried
  • conover, nc – Felt like people running in the hallway or train running close to building. Sounded like rumbling thunder.
  • Duluth – floor was shaking, no damage
  • Winder, GA – The kid’s door sounded like a closing sound out of nowhere. I was in the living room split level house and felt the chair I was sitting on shaking with me like an old train for about 7 sec..then for 5 sec…my husband goes from the office …it s an earthquake. .he heard the roof making funny noise..and the floor shaking. Same thoughts for about 5 to 7 second 2 times. I was thinking should I grab the kids and go downstairs. My husband had the same thought. My dad was downstairs sleeping and fe
  • Madison – Sitting in my bed I felt the trembles of the ground shaking and my body shook like I was having a minor seizure.
  • Greensboro GA – My dog and I jumped straight up and ran outside. House was a rocking
  • fayetteville – consistent, light shaking of floor and furniture for 20-30 seconds
  • Suwanee – Bed shook twice
  • LaGrange, GA – I was sitting at my kitchen table and the room started vibrating and I heard a rumble. I have plates hanging on my kitchen wall and some of them vibrated and a side board made a vibrating sound. It shook for about 10 seconds. My husband was asleep but I called to him and asked if he felt it but he slept through it. I am sure it had to be an earthquake
  • Decatur – no damage, felt like couch was shaking/moving and items on dresser rattled maybe lasted 15-20 seconds
  • Anderson, SC – Scary feeling, hope to never experience again!
  • Franklin Springs – I presently live in my parents brick home…I was upstairs in a bedroom watching tv and on my laptop. I heard a very loud noise like huge trucks outside and then the bed started shaking like crazy! One of my cats that was on the bed jumped up, I turned off the tv to listen for anything else, threw my laptop over, and actually held onto the bed. I don’t know if there is any damage…I will be checking the house tomorrow. I normally live in Chattanooga,Tn and have felt 2 before…this was worst
  • Newnan, GA – While I was using my computer, I noticed that my desk and lamp started shaking. My 2 dogs were lying on their beds, next to me. It was noticeable enough that it woke them up & they started barking. It also startled my daughter’s bird while he was sleeping. It only lasted a few seconds. I asked my family if they felt the earthquake and my husband & daughter didn’t even realize anything occurred. Then my husband saw it on the news. Now they know that I wasn’t just “crying wolf”.
  • Kennesaw, GA – It is dark so not know if any damage yet. Inside seems ok.
  • Franklin Springs, Ga – I presently live in my parents brick 3 story home. I was on the top floor, in a bedroom watching tv. I heard a loud noise that sounded like huge trucks plowing thru the neighborhood, then the bed started shaking hard. I turned off the tv to listen, threw my laptop over to the side, and held onto the bed. I have experienced 2 others in my home in Chattanooga, Tn. This one was much worst. I don’t know if there is any damage to the house..inside or outside. Will check tomorrow.
  • Macon – It felt like my downstairs neighbors kept going in and out of their apartment and slamming the door while doing it for a few seconds back to back.
  • Monticello Ga – Noise outside, walls began to creak, highboy with TV began to creek and crack… bed rocking, all lasted 10 to 20 sec. No damage.
  • Stone Mountain, GA – No knowledge of damage. Was upstairs in the bed. It started to shake I stood up and floor was shaking.
  • Greer – Greer SC, First part was fairly noisy (train next to hm sound) maybe 5 seconds. Then continued for another 10 to 20 seconds diminishing. Seemed to go from east to west, but I was on the second floor. It had power behind it. Initially first site said 4.4 magnitude. USGS didn’t show anything until a few minutes later. Now I hear 4.1
  • Buford Georgia – No damage that I know of. Pictures shaking
  • Tyrone – Felt while lying in bed. No knowledge of damage.
  • Simpsonville – Heard a low rumbling and couch swayed back and forth for a few seconds
  • Anderson – I thought it was Godzilla and King Kong fighting.
  • Athens,GA – First I thought someone is banging the walls , or running across the corridor with heavy steps, but later realized its pretty usual to be that loud, it shook for several seconds!
  • Greer – Greer SC, p.s. After the tremor the globalincedentmap initially reported it was in Georgia. USGS had nothing on their site yet.
  • Augusta – Very loud, sounded like washing machine was unbalanced. Shook entire 2 story home. Lasted about 10-15 seconds.
  • Charlotte – I was sitting on my bed and commented to my boyfriend that it felt like my bed was shaking. Thought one of the dogs was underneath. He looked at me like I was crazy. I was right tho!
  • Loganville, GA – Holding grandson, felt rumbling heard a helicopter thought it was the copter. It flew off could still feel the gentle shaking. Lasted about 10-15 secs.
  • Ravenswood West virginia – I was on an elevated street about to cross over into ohio, while sitting at a light my car started shaking for about 20-30 seconds. no damage
  • Clarks Hill SC – First heard loud noise loud loud thunder, then the house shook, windows rattled, scared my dog, it seemed to go on and on. Went outside and the loud rumbling continued like a wave towards Clark HILL Lake and Thurmond Dam. When I came back inside the clock read 10:28.
  • Greenwood – Sitting in car and heard rumbling. Thought it was strong wind and then my car began rocking pretty good and then I knew it was an rocking eq. From wa state…experienced many of them
  • Fort Gordon – It sounded like a very large generator had been turned on. Then the building started shaking while a loud rumbling sound continued. I think it lasted all of 30 seconds.
  • Edgefield County – loud, long rumble preceded by very loud boom. Lasted about 4 minutes. House shook, but no known damage inside the house.
  • Auburn Dacula – around 1030EST 2/14/14 I kept hearing a low rumbling thunder. Cat was acting weird, she kept coming to me for affection,abnormally so…the sound happened continued intermittently for 5-8 minutes… It was raining & I looked out side but no lightning….weird
  • Augusta – Lasted only a few seconds but you could tell it was a quake
  • Athens, GA – This happened late at night on Valentine’s Day everybody – it was just the rumble of love.
  • Atlanta – 4.2
  • Grovetown – I was in the gas station and the ground and counter shook for about like 10 seconds and the cashier was like hell naw!! And the lady work for subway came from the back and said was that a earthquake and to remind u power just came on and the ice storm just ended weird!
  • Loganville – At first I thought there was a huge animal under my bedroom floor! I was sitting on my chair on the phone with my husband, I told him what the heck the floor is moving! Lasted about 10 seconds.
  • Woodstock – Sitting on bed indian style leaned forward, felt two pulses. Like the exterior bearing wall behind me wobbled and the floor under it was pulled with it. Boyfriend in the basement didn’t feel it. No rattle, nothing fell.
  • Midway, GA – It was 10:23. I was studying in bed. The house moved back & forth, thus moving the bed for about 8-10 sec.
  • Edgefield – The center of the earthquake occurred 1/2 mile from my house. There was a deafening sound like an explosion right in the room and the house shook so hard, I was expecting damage but so far have not found any.
  • Marietta, Georgia – 10 seconds of severe shaking at 1040pm
  • Plum Branch – Shaking woke me from a sound sleep. Dishes rattling, furniture shaking, loud rumbling. As it lessened, it sounded like a train off at a distance. Very frightening experience.
  • Locust Grove, GA – Slight rumbling. No damage.
  • Charlotte – Little shake of my back on the couch. My first time, and was strange, that it came not from up (falling snow) but down
  • Elberton – Lasted for a few seconds. Very deep rumble and shaking of the house.
  • Bowman, GA – The house shook a couple of times. No damage done.
  • Covington, GA – Around 3 seconds of back and forth shaking with a wave sensation through the floor. No apparent damage so far.
  • Evans, Georgia – It was rumbling and jolting. Not expecting an earthquake in this area I wondered if there had been an explosion nearby. My sleeping children did not wake up.
  • Adrian, GA – I thought it was a gust of wind. When I never heard another, I thought that was odd.
  • Nicholson, GA – I had just gone to bed, but awake, when suddenly I felt/heard a very large rumble. It felt/sound like it started on one side of the house and traveled to my bedroom. My bed shook, and the windows rattled. I panicked and jumped up to see what might have happened. My son was asleep and had not experienced it. I noticed a crack in the wall near the ceiling in the sun room. It was repaired a few months ago but was reopened, and larger than before.
  • Gastonia – quick shaking motion for a very brief period of time.
  • Evans, GA – Was at Walgreens working and the whole store shook and windows rattled for a couple of seconds which seemed like minutes.
  • Dahlonega – Lying in bed on 3rd floor of our house. Felt bed shaking. No apparent damage.
  • Marietta – Thought at first it was a rain storm…then realized it wasn’t raining! Woke me up from a deep sleep.
  • Six Mile South Carolina – Rumble like a train then felt sudden jolt
  • Atlanta – I’m on the top floor of a building. Felt about 7 seconds of solid shaking. Didn’t put it together until my parents in Elberton, Ga called to see if I had felt the quake. Lasted 20+ seconds at their home. I realize there have been few reports from Atlanta but there’s no other explanation for what I experienced.
  • Athens, GA – No damage.
  • Lexington, GA – House floor shaking woke me up from my sleep.
  • Suwanee – Windows made a noise like when strong gust of wind hits it. Then I felt a movement of the bed as if someone was repeatedly pushing it. Similar experience to 5.1 that happened when we lived in California.
  • Martinez – Standing outside and felt the ground shaking for approx. 20 sec; also a noise that led me to think it had to do with the GA power trucks nearby.
  • Grovetown – It shook for less than 5 seconds-like a rolling shake.
    no damage
  • Douglasville – At first I thought the washer was off balance then realized I wasn’t washing anything! My entire house shook then popped! No damage that I know of.
  • Fayetteville, GA – Laying in bed felt noticeable moement. No damage.
  • Woodstock – Sitting in bed reading, I felt the bed shake for several seconds. I thought it was the washing machine spinning, but realized there was nothing in the washer. It felt like the earthquakes I experiences as a child in California, but I have never felt one in Georgia.
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  • Monroe, georgia – Was sound asleep and it woke both my husband and me. The whole house trembled and we heard china and dishes clinging. Lasted several seconds at least 30.
  • Hartwell – sitting on couch, watching TV
  • Marietta – Felt the house and my bed moving around 10:20pm on 2.14.14. No obvious damage.
  • chapin – Was lying in bed, felt shaking for about 5 seconds.
  • Pineola nc – Dishes rattled I was sitting on couch and felt a jolt
  • homer – heard low rumbling and felt 2to3 sec. of shaking
  • Simpsonville, SC – on bed in 3rd floor of apartment building, thought something happened in one of the apartments below me, but suspected earthquake, lasted only a second or two
  • Lilburn – Rattled the furnitures brass handles, shook bed downstairs where my son was in.
  • Aiken, SC – Haven’t seen any damage yet. Felt/ sounded like a large truck was going by outside my window. Felt whole house shake and windows rattle.
  • Dacula, GA – Lying in bed at 10:30pm we felt the house shake and rattled some stuff in our bedroom, followed by a low
    rumbling noise. Lasted about 20 seconds.
  • Buford – Was laying on couch when I heard a rumble and felt the couch shake.
  • Zetella, GA – Haven’t checked for damage. I doubt it was strong enough here to cause damage. On the third story of a house, the shaking lasted between 15-30 seconds and was a very fast shaking motion. At first I wondered if one of my cats might be in the room scratching and thumping the closet doors, but then realized the entire room was shaking. It was very unlike an earthquake we felt a few years ago when I could hear the earth rumbling and the shaking was like slow moving waves.
  • keennesaw GA – I was on my bed watching a movie on my laptop at around 10 something I felt the bed moving,I looked around my room but nothing else moved. I thought it was weird and continued to watch the movie.
  • Blairsville, GA – Heard rapping sound and felt shaking.
  • West Columbia – Omnipresent loud, bassy rumble like heavy-lift helicopter close overhead, about 5-6 seconds overall, floor trembled, dishes tinkled in rack. Began slowly, rose to a peak, then died abruptly. No damage.
  • Gluck – Several odd creaking noises like an old house settling, then loud rumble and home shaking for about 10 seconds. Dogs were very uneasy. No known damage to our home or property.
  • Batesburg – Like an 18 wheeler approaching, then a train, then like a washer off balance. Lasted about 15 seconds, entire house slight to moderate damage from foundation to ceiling.



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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?

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    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?

    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?

    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?

    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?

    Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
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    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or “easy glide” drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?

    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?

    Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected.

    Structures :
    Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down.

    Environment :
    Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.

    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?

    Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames.

    Environment :
    Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.

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