3.6 magnitude earthquake reported in the Midlands, aftershock follows
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A 3.6 magnitude earthquake rattled the Midlands Wednesday, making this the strongest documented report by the United States Geological Survey yet.
According to the USGS, a 3.6 earthquake was detected 1.8 miles east of Elgin at 7:03 p.m. Over 1,700 meters were reported without power Wednesday night in Kershaw County.
Also, at 7:22 p.m., a 1.8 magnitude and a 1.5 “aftershock” were reported by the USGS.
The USGS said the 3.5 magnitude earthquake was centered in Elgin, SC at around 2:45 p.m. at a depth of about a mile below the surface. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resource’s (SCDNR) reported the earthquake was in the same area as the ones that were reported on Sunday, June, 26, 2022.
According to the USGS, a 2.1 magnitude earthquake was also reported in the area at 2:57 p.m., an earthquake with a 1.9 magnitude was reported at 3:02 p.m., and another earthquake was reported with a 1.5 magnitude at 3:34 p.m.
Wednesday’s earthquake is the strongest one yet in the last year, surpassing the 3.4 magnitude earthquake Sunday. Previously, SCDNR had tracked a 3.25 magnitude earthquake on May 9, 2022, and a 3.3 magnitude earthquake on Dec. 27, 2021, as the strongest detected earthquakes in the area east of Elgin.
The USGS reported the earthquake was felt across the state in Aiken and as far away as Charlotte, NC.
An aftershock of 2.06 magnitude was reported at around 2:57 p.m. near Elgin.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as we learn more.
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