A 2.9-magnitude earthquake hit the South Carolina-North Carolina border Monday night around six. College of Charleston seismologist Steve Jaume says there’s no need to panic.
It was a small earthquake that was felt over a limited area. It is many, many, many, and I don’t know how many zeros to put behind the many, times smaller than the magnitude nine in Japan.
Jaume says the earthquake hit closest to Chesterfield, South Carolina. This quake marks the fifth minor earthquake above a 2.0 magnitude, in the past two years for South Carolina. Jaume says a larger magnitude earthquake only hits approximately every 500 years in the state, but they are possible.
While I certainly wouldn’t panic, we have earthquakes in South Carolina, and sometimes more rarely than in Japan, they do get large enough to do some damage. Good news is we are not going to get a magnitude nine in South Carolina, we do not have the types of faults that would produce that. However, down here near Charleston, we have had up to magnitude seven.
Jaume says there really is no way to know when an earthquake is coming. He says the only thing one can do to prepare is just be ready at all times with a kit. No injuries or damage has been reported at this time.