USGS reports 4.5 magnitude earthquake hundreds of miles off Carolina coast

Published: Apr. 19, 2023 at 3:09 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 19, 2023 at 6:48 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – A 4.5 magnitude earthquake was reported in the Atlantic Ocean, between the Carolina coast and Bermuda, according to the United States Geological Survey.

A map from the USGS shows the quake hit about 540 miles away from Myrtle Beach.

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The agency also noted that the quake happened about 6 miles below the surface.

Earthquakes in the middle of the ocean can trigger fear of a possible tsunami.

WMBF News investigated the likelihood of a tsunami hitting the Grand Strand, and while the threat is low, research showed there a few areas where a tsunami could be generated that could reach the Grand Strand.

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An underwater landslide off the North African coast, or an earthquake or landslide in the northern Atlantic could both send tsunamis toward the Grand Strand. Scientists also believe if a magnitude 9 earthquake hit the Puerto Rico Trench, that could send a tsunami toward the Grand Strand.

All the cities along the Grand Strand are certified tsunami ready, which means a comprehensive plan is in place if one may hit.