The U.S. Geological Survey has just announced that a 2.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Monarch Mill, SC area yesterday, just south-west of Charlotte.
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division reported the quake yesterday morning via Twitter;
2.3 magnitude #earthquake reported near Monarch Mill, South Carolina. Information from USGS: #sctweets https://t.co/3KyYKuLYD7
— SCEMD (@SCEMD) February 17, 2018
The epicenter of the quake was located about 45 miles south-west of Charlotte;
The U.S. Geological Survey also noted the the epicenter of the quake was at a depth of 2.5 kilometers.
Earthquakes have been increasing in frequency around the Charlotte region over the past few years, about a year ago, we saw a 2.9 magnitude quake hit Asheville and a 2.1 magnitude quake that struck Bryson City, NC.
The Carolinas have been known to experience the occasional damage-causing earthquakes.
According to USGS.gov, “The largest earthquake in the area (magnitude 5.1) occurred in 1916. Moderately damaging earthquakes strike the inland Carolinas every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt about once each year or two.”