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They say quakes happen all the time here. The major difference is they're so minor we usually don't feel them.  Emergency Officials are reminding us though of the last quake we did feel 2 years ago on Valentines Day. Those who study geology at roper mountain science center in Greenville are looking closely at the earthquake in Italy, registering an estimated 6 point 2 in magnitude. Those who study geology at Roper Mountain Science Center, like Jennifer Romatelli, said,  "That intensity seems kinda low compared to earthquakes that have done comparably a lot less damage, but because building in Italy tend to be very old and their building codes are not the same standards we have here, the damage is a lot higher."

According the SC emergency management the strongest quake in South Carolina's history happened more than 100 years ago.  That as 1886 in Charleston.

seismologists call it one of the greatest quakes in US history creating millions of dollars in damage.  Scientists also told Fox Carolina that the type of soil can also lead to more damage.  "An earthquake where there's loose material is going to be a lot more impactful on building and structures above the surface as that material shifts around a lot more than bedrock would for example," said Romatelli.

The latest quake, registering 4 point 1 in intensity, was felt in South Carolina happened a little over two years ago and there have been others recently. Jennifer said between 10 and 20 very small earthquakes in South Carolina every year usually below a 3 on the scale and those are not usually felt by most people. Some people might notice it a little bit. but most of them are not felt. The last damaging earthquake in South Carolina was in 2014 and that was on Valentines Day and centered over the midlands area."

Surprising to many, 13 days ago there was an earthquake in Cherokee, North Carolina.  Registering less than two in intensity on the magnitude scale.  Another quake about a month ago  in Walhalla with about the same intensity, an earthquake three months ago in Summerville and the list continues. Jennifer Romatelli said,  "Unfortunately, it is virtually impossible to predict earthquakes, there are in hindsight four shocks that often leading up to an intense earthquake, but things like that happen when no earthquake occurs."

Safety advice from SC Emergency Management recommends:

Drop - Cover- Hold on

Drop to the ground immediately, take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on to it until the shaking stops.

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