Late last night, South Carolina experienced yet another earthquake just East of Columbia that is believed to be an aftershock of the December 26th earthquake. It had a magnitude of 1.7, a depth of 6.5 km, and an epicenter of 34.138°N 80.727°W.
According to the USGS, there have now been 12 aftershocks around the Elgin, SC area since the 3.3 magnitude quake rocked the heart of the Palmetto State the day after Christmas:
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?