Another Small Earthquake Rattles South Carolina

8:26 AM, Jul 31, 2012   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A 2.8 magnitude earthquake centered just outside of Summerville in the Centerville area shook the low country early Tuesday morning.

The earthquake occurred at 12:53 AM and had estimated depth of about 5.2 miles.

This is the third small earthquake felt in South Carolina over the last 7 days.

A 2.0 magnitude earthquake was reported near Pacolet in Spartanburg County last Tuesday, July 24th.

Another small earthquake was reported this past Sunday near Cheraw in Chesterfield County, it was reported as a 2.5 magnitude quake.

Earthquakes are not uncommon in South Carolina, but most of the seismic activity usually occurs along the coastal plains of the state according to the South Carolina Geological Survey.

One of the largest know earthquakes to impact the state occurred on August 31, 1886 near Charleston. The estimated 7.6 magnitude earthquake killed 60 people and was felt over 2.5 million square miles.



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