City of Columbia felt the brunt of Wednesday’s quake
A 3.5 magnitude earthquake shook parts of South Carolina on Wednesday.
The earthquake struck at 2.43pm and was centred near Elgin, 20 miles northeast of the state capital Columbia, and was the strongest recorded in the state in eight years.
Byna 4,000 people reported to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) that they felt the quake, with residents as far away as Augusta noticing the tremors.
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) said a swarm of aftershocks continued to be felt in the hours after initial quake.
A tremor measuring 2.04 struck 14 minutes at 2.57pm, followed by two more at 4.0pm and 4.34pm.
“We’d like to get off the ride now, asseblief,” the SCEMD said in a tweet.
We’d like to get off the ride now, asseblief.
— SCEMD (@SCEMD) Junie 29, 2022
There have now been more than 30 earthquakes near Elgin since Christmas.
A 3.4 earthquake jolted residents out of bed in the early hours of Sunday morning, and there have been several aftershocks in the days since.
South Carolina has
Notable quake, preliminary info: M. 3.5 – 5 km E of Elgin, Suid Carolina http://t.co/LXUR5qL2sA
— USGS Earthquakes (@USGS_Quakes) Junie 29, 2022
The strongest earthquake ever recorded in the United States was a magnitude 9.2 that occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska, in 1964.