3.9 magnitude earthquake recorded in Candler Co.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Residents all across Candler County were woken up this Saturday morning by something many hadn’t felt before an earthquake.
“I felt this loud BOOM sound, and then, my house, it felt like my house shook. I was like, ‘Oh my God, am I dreaming?’ No, I really felt that,” Audra Lee, resident said.
The United State Geological Survey, or USGS, recorded the shake just after 4 a.m. immediately sending first responders into action.
“We started pushing that information out to the public on our social media site, dispatched deputies out to look for damage,” John Miles, Candler County Sheriff said.
Fortunately, the earthquake wasn’t damaging, just a little bit unexpected and maybe scary. However, some Metter residents say they’re taking this as a sign to be better prepared for earthquakes in the future.
“You don’t expect and earthquake in this area, but if the Earth was really rumbling and falling all over the place, we would certainly try to get up under something so that we wouldn’t get hurt,” Jana Sasser, Metter resident said.
“We really haven’t been prepared for an earthquake. You always prepare for hurricanes, but you don’t really have earthquakes hitting this side of the world,” Audra Lee, Metter resident said.
Even though locals may not feel prepared for the wrath of an earthquake, Sherriff John Miles says they can take comfort in the fact that emergency services are.
“Had there been damage, we would’ve activated our emergency operations center, started communicating with our emergency partners, and communicating that too with GEMA in Atlanta. The response to an earthquake would be very similar to how we would respond to any natural disaster,” Sheriff John Miles said.
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