Earthquake reported in NC as ‘swarm’ of quakes hits Carolinas

Published: May. 11, 2022 at 10:39 AM EDT|Updated: May. 11, 2022 at 1:43 PM EDT
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CATAWBA, N.C. (FOX Carolina) - A North Carolina city was hit by an earthquake early Wednesday morning. The quake comes as seven earthquakes were reported in South Carolina so far this week.

The 2.2 magnitude earthquake occurred just before 12:45 a.m. near Catawba.

Dr. Scott White with the University of South Carolina called the rash of recent earthquakes in the Carolinas a “swarm.” But the answer about why we are seeing so many remains a mystery.

This week, seven earthquakes hit near Elgin, SC in less than 48 hours.

In general, South Carolina usually sees less than 20 earthquakes annually. The state has experienced more than 30 since the start of 2022.

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