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  • Earthquake.SC is a virtual companion to SCEMD’s main website,, the SC Emergency Manager mobile app (which has earthquake notifications users can activate) and the printed South Carolina Earthquake Guide.
  • A relatively rare East Coast earthquake centered northeast of South Carolina's capital city has jolted large numbers of state residents awake. Authorities say the quake occurred just after 1:30 a.m. EDT Monday and had a preliminary 3.3 magnitude. There were no immediate reports of any damages or injuries. The pre-dawn temblor lasted only seconds but a number of people took to social media to describe being shaken from sleep. A seismic analyst monitoring the quake for the USGS Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado called it the latest in a small series of shakes in recent months. The epicenter was reported about 1.9 miles below the earth's surface near Elgin, South Carolina.
  • A series of small earthquakes continues to be felt in the Midlands of South Carolina.
  • Small earthquakes are still shaking the ground near South Carolina's capital city. The U.S. Geological Survey says a 1.7-magnitude earthquake happened early Tuesday just east of Elgin. A slightly larger quake occurred eight hours later just a few miles away, That's more than two weeks after a larger convulsion and outside the window geologists typically expect for aftershocks. Those tremors were the 11th and 12th earthquakes in just a few square miles since a 3.3-magnitude quake on December 27.
  • Earthquakes are not unusual in South Carolina. However, the number of quakes in recent months is unusual .
  • Earthquakes are not unusual in South Carolina. However, the number of quakes in recent months is unusual .
  • More earthquakes have struck near South Carolina's capital city. Wednesday's 2.6- and 1.5-magnitude tremors near Elgin were the ninth and tenth in a series of rumblings that have caused geologists to wonder how long the convulsions might last. The area has become the epicenter of a spate of recent seismic activity, starting with a 3.3-magnitude earthquake on Dec. 27. Since then, a total of nine more earthquakes have been recorded nearby, ranging from 1.5 to Wednesday's quakes. No injuries or damage have been reported. Geologist Steven Jaume at the College of Charleston says he'd typically call the smaller quakes aftershocks of the first. But Jaume says the fact they've continued for 10 days is puzzling.
  • Minor earthquakes are continuing to rumble in an area near South Carolina's capital city that has tallied at least eight over the last week. The U.S. Geological Survey says that a 2.5-magnitude quake was registered before 6 a.m. Monday near Elgin, about 25 miles northeast of Columbia. The earthquake was the eighth to be felt in the area since December 27, when a 3.3-magnitude quake struck, followed by two smaller ones. Over the course of the ensuing week, four more quakes were registered. No injuries or damage have been reported from the earthquakes.
  • A series of mild earthquakes have shaken homes and residents in central South Carolina. The U.S. Geological Survey says three quakes Monday in Kershaw County near Elgin registered magnitudes of 3.3, 2.5 and 2.1. The first earth-shaker rattled window panes and disrupted wildlife but apparently did not cause injuries or major damage. As the earthquake rumbled, with a sound similar to a heavy construction vehicle, it shook homes, caused glass doors and windows to clatter in their frames and prompted dogs to bark. People reported feeling tremors throughout the Columbia area and as far away as Lexington, about 40 miles southwest of the epicenter.
  • Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed Earthquake Awareness Week for 2017 be observed October 15-21 in South Carolina. The S.C. Emergency Management…