COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The snow and ice dumped by an unusually severe winter storm were melting, once-frigid temperatures were rising and residents of South Carolina and Georgia had finally begun to relax.
Then the earth shuddered.
A small earthquake shook both states late Friday, shaking homes and rattling residents hundreds of miles away.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey's website, the quake happened at 10:23 p.m. and had a preliminary magnitude of 4.1.
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 damages or injuries were immediately reported.