Many residents across South Carolina and the Southeast were a bit startled Friday evening to feel the Earth moving underneath their feet. It was not your imagination.
The US Geological Survey reports an earthquake at 10:38 PM Friday centered 12 West Northwest of Edgefield, South Carolina. The quake was measured at 4.4 on the Richter scale and was 4.6 kilometers deep.
No damage has been reported at the time of this writing.
UPDATE: At 11:01PM the US Geological Survey amended their report as follows:
Time of Event: 22:23.38 (23 minutes and 38 seconds after 10PM Easter Time on Friday)
There is some damage. Media reports across the area are reporting damage to a water tower which is now pouring water and is in danger of collapse.
And, reporting the floor at Edgefield Hospital is cracked. Emergency personnel on standby to evacuate.
USGS Event Summary: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000mr27#summary