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No damage to bridges after earthquake in SC

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South Carolina Department of Transportation inspected bridges on Saturday and determined that there was no damage or life safety concerns, after an earthquake occurred late Friday night.

 A seismic event occurred Friday with the epicenter 7 miles W/NW of Edgefield, SC. SCDOT Bridge Inspection teams are visually checking bridges as they move through the areas for any lateral or longitudinal shift.

The quake at 10:23 p.m. was centered along the edge of Thurmond Lake.

There were no reports of damage or injuries, even in the epicenter of Edgefield County, S.C. Emergency Management Division.

This is the 13th earthquake in the past 12 months for South Carolina. The state normally experiences 15-20 earthquakes per year. But none of the recent earthquakes reported were of a magnitude of more than 2.5, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources' earthquake webpage.

Bridge inspectors checked around the Savannah River area and I-20 inland.

Bridge inspectors checked locally near the epicenter and US 378 at Savannah River and US 29 at Savannah River below Lake Hartwell Dam and SC 34 at Saluda River below Lake Greenwood. SCDOT McCormick Maintenance Engineering performed a nighttime check near the Edgefield/McCormick county line and reported no unusual sightings.

SCDOT reports all bridge inspections in earthquake area complete - no damage or life safety concerns. SCDOT inspectors began at daybreak on Saturday.

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