3.6 Magnitude Earthquake Knocks Out Power For Hundreds in South Carolina


Two of the biggest earthquakes South Carolina has seen in decades have just rattled the heart of the Palmetto State and knocked out the power for hundreds of residents.

According to the USGA, the quakes struck about 4 hours apart from each other a few miles East of Elgin, SC. The shaking was felt as far away as North Charlotte and North Charleston.

According to meteorologist Brad Panovich, the larger of the 2 quakes (3.6m) knocked out the power for over 1,800 residents.

The rumbling of the Palmetto State started last year when a significant 3.3 magnitude earthquake struck Elgin, South Carolina (about 50 miles south of Charlotte) the day after Christmas, followed quickly by 2.5, 2.1, and 1.7 magnitude aftershocks.

According to the USGA, the quakes had epicenters roughly halfway between Lugoff and Elgin, SC – all about an hour south of Charlotte.

Earthquakes have been increasing in frequency around the Charlotte region over the past few years. Last year, we experienced the largest earthquake in over 100 years when a 5.1 magnitude quake hit Sparta, NC, and since then, dozens of aftershocks have continued to rattle our state.

According to USGS.gov, “Moderately damaging earthquakes strike the inland Carolinas every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt about once each year or two.”

Have you felt any of the quakes?