EDGEFIELD, S.C. (WXIA) - A second earthquake in less than 48 hours struck north of Augusta on Sunday afternoon, the United States Geological Survey says.
According to the USGS, the second quake, registering a 3.2 on the Richter magnitude scale, hit at 3:23 p.m. about 12 miles west of Edgefield, S.C.
On Friday night, a 4.1 magnitude struck the same area. That quake's effects were felt as far north as Charlotte, N.C. and as far south as Savannah, Ga. Thousands of people in the metro Atlanta area reporting feeling the ground shake.
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By contrast, there were reports from residents regarding Sunday's quake. The Associated Press reportsSunday's earthquake was only felt about 35 miles from its center, while Friday's quake was reported more than 150 miles away.
According to the USGS, Friday's quake released 22 times more energy than the tremors on Sunday.
So can we expect more earthquakes? Jose Santamaria of the Tellus Science Museum said it's unlikely, but he won't rule out the possibility.
"I'm never going to say never that a third one is going to occur," said Santamaria.
No significant damage was reported in either earthquake.