City of Charleston Gearing Up Tomorrow’s “ShakeOut Day” – Preparing Locals For Increasing Earthquakes


Charleston city officials are urging residents to get ready for tomorrow’s ‘ShakeOut Day’ – preparing for a possible earthquake while you’re at work, school, or home.

At 10:19 a.m. on 10/19, everyone in Charleston is encouraged to engage in earthquake preparedness.

The city sent out a reminder yesterday, saying tomorrow’s ‘ShakeOut’ is also an opportunity for “individuals, schools, community groups and organizations are also encouraged to update emergency plans, set aside necessary supplies, and secure their space to prevent possible damage and injury in the event of an earthquake.”

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 the town of Sparta, and since then, dozens of aftershocks have continued to rattle our state.

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