Jun 21st, 2017
Earthquake shakes Augusta
3.2 scale and depth of 12.9 kilometers
Words: Tim Southwell Photography: Getty Images
At first they thought it was an explosion or a truck colliding with a building, but it turns out the frightening incident that shook Augusta was an earthquake with an epicentre just six miles away from the Masters' home.
The magnitude 3.2 earthquake hit at 11:14 a.m. on Tuesday and was originally reported by the U.S. Geological Survey as a 3.0 but upgraded soon after. According to the USGS, it struck six kilometers southwest of Augusta and had a depth of 12.9 kilometers. The USGS showed it began in the vicinity of Killebrew and Woodward avenues in south Augusta.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office received multiple calls but the Augusta-Richmond County Emergency Management Agency said it had received no reports of any damage, according to spokeswoman Dee Griffin.
“No one has reported anything,” she said.
According to the USGS, the earthquake was "felt quite noticeably by persons indoors, especially on upper floors of buildings. Many people do not recognize it as an earthquake. Standing motor cars may rock slightly."
Fortunately, no significant damage has yet been reported.