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M2.3 earthquake rattles Lugoff after brief pause in rumbles

The quake is the latest in a months-long swarm that began on Dec. 27.

ELGIN, S.C. — The Lugoff and Elgin regions of Kershaw County felt yet another rumble on Sunday evening as the region was subjected to another minor earthquake.

The earthquake happened around 8:45 p.m. in an area between I-20 and Fort Jackson Road - the same general area of dozens of other quakes that have shaken the region since late December. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, about 130 people had felt the earthquake as of 9:40 p.m.

This particular earthquake registered with a magnitude of 2.3 which is on the low side and often barely felt by humans aside from those right at the epicenter. 

The quake also marks the end of a rare, albeit short, pause in earthquakes that during the most active periods happen almost daily.  The last earthquakes reported in the area before Sunday had happened on Tuesday - one of them a 2.2 and the other a 2.1.

Experts suggest the quakes are part of a swarm that appears to be the longest in the state's history. The quake has also brought with it more widely felt rumbles that included magnitudes in the mid-threes. Some of those were felt as far away as Charlotte.

And while theories exist, no exact cause has been pinpointed for the swarm.

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