Another Earthquake Rattles Small Town North of Charleston – Elgin’s 91st Aftershock

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This morning at 6:30am, another earthquake struck the small area of Elgin, SC, located between Charleston and Charlotte, bringing the total to 91 quakes around the small town over the past 2 years.

According to the USGS, the quake had a magnitude of 1.7 and a depth of 1.7 km.

The earthquakes around Elgin have been increasing in number and magnitude since they first started in late 2021, with the largest being a magnitude 3.6, which knocked out the power for hundreds in the area.

Earthquakes have been increasing in frequency around the Charleston 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 the Carolinas.

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? 

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