3.9 magnitude Georgia earthquake felt as far south as Brunswick

Earthquake ties for 5th strongest on record in the area

People living in parts of Georgia woke up to an earthquake Saturday morning. The earthquake, which struck Central Georgia around 4 a.m., was initially reported as a 4.5 magnitude from the United States Geological Survey but was confirmed as a 3.9, which is considered minor.

People living in parts of Georgia woke up to an earthquake Saturday morning.

The earthquake, which struck Central Georgia around 4 a.m., was initially reported as a 4.5 magnitude from the United States Geological Survey but was confirmed as a 3.9, which is considered minor.

3.9 magnitude earthquake reported near Statesboro, Georgia just after 4 a.m. Saturday.

Still, according to News4JAX sister station WKMG, Saturday’s quake ties for the fifth strongest on record in the area. The strongest earthquake ever recorded in the state was magnitude 4.5 in 1914.

The epicenter was located in Candler County, just outside of Statesboro, between Macon and Savannah.

According to WKMG, the earthquake was reportedly felt as far south as Brunswick, and as far north as Columbia, South Carolina. Moderate shaking was reported near the epicenter of the quake east of Stillmore, and light shaking was also felt in the Atlanta metro area.

3.9 magnitude Georgia earthquake felt as far south as Brunswick

A part of Woodbine felt it as well.

It comes a day after a 2.5 magnitude quake shook the area near Harlem in Columbia County.

There was no significant damage reported from the earthquake.

Earthquakes of this magnitude are rare for the Peach State, WKMG reported. There have only been 10 earthquakes reaching magnitude 3.5 or greater there since 1903.

But overall earthquakes aren’t as rare for Georgia as you might think.

“There have been 38 earthquakes in the state of Georgia over the last 365 days with this 3.9 magnitude earthquake being the strongest so far this year,” News4JAX meteorologist Danielle Uliano said.


About the Authors:

This native of the Big Apple joined the News4Jax team in July 2021.

Jonathan Kegges joined the News 6 team in June 2019 as the Weekend Morning Meteorologist. Jonathan comes from Roanoke, Virginia where he covered three EF-3 tornadoes and deadly flooding brought on by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.