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"Light To Moderate" Quake Rattles South Carolina, Georgia

A small earthquake struck South Carolina late Friday, rattling residents and rocking homes both in South Carolina and across the border in Georgia.

U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Dale Grant said the earthquake had a magnitude of 4.1 — downgraded from an initial posting of 4.4 — and was centered seven miles west of the town of Edgefield, S.C.

Grant told NBC News that the USGS has not received reports of damage or injuries from the quake, which hit the area at 10:23 p.m. ET.

He would not speculate on the chances for damages or injuries from a quake of this magnitude and depth, but said the agency considered the quake "light to moderate."

A dispatcher with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office in Augusta, Ga., told NBC News that the department was getting calls from people who felt the quake but that "everything and everybody is fine."

Likewise, the Aiken County Office of Emergency Management and the Richland County Sheriff's Office said they have not received any reports of damages or injuries.


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