Important historic earthquakes (until 2013) in South Carolina, USA

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this state can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Label info : M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC time

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC South Carolina May 18 06:08 2.2 2 MAP I Felt It
EMSC South Carolina Nov 28 07:07 2.4 1 MAP I Felt It
USGS New Ellenton, South Carolina Sep 19 20:38 2.6 5 MAP I Felt It
EMSC South Carolina Mar 19 22:38 2.5 6 MAP I Felt It
  • Charleston, SC - I was awaken from a sleep, dishes rattled, pictures rattled, and filled drink glasses vibrated and walked across tables. No damage noted as of yet.
  • Ladson - I heard a loud sound like a tree had been felled and than a rough shake first just a second.
  • Summerville - We haven't checked for damage yet. The floor shook up and down and I heard a loud explosion when the floor went down. Many neighbors came outside to make sure they were safe in case of more shaking.
  • Haymarket - I felt shaking lasting 2 seconds while I lay in bed at 3:15 am march 18, 2014. Nothing was damaged but there was a lingering noise heard afterwards.
  • Myrtle Beach, SC 29572 - Sitting in my 5th floor condo in an old concrete block building. Felt one mild shake I describe as a single bump feel and sound. No damage.
  • USGS Centerville, South Carolina Mar 19 22:38 3.0 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Edgefield, South Carolina Feb 16 20:23 3.2 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Edgefield, South Carolina Feb 15 03:23 4.1 4 MAP I Felt It
  • Monroe, georgia - Was sound asleep and it woke both my husband and me. The whole house trembled and we heard china and dishes clinging. Lasted several seconds at least 30.
  • Hartwell - sitting on couch, watching TV
  • Marietta - Felt the house and my bed moving around 10:20pm on 2.14.14. No obvious damage.
  • chapin - Was lying in bed, felt shaking for about 5 seconds.
  • Pineola nc - Dishes rattled I was sitting on couch and felt a jolt
  • homer - heard low rumbling and felt 2to3 sec. of shaking
  • Simpsonville, SC - on bed in 3rd floor of apartment building, thought something happened in one of the apartments below me, but suspected earthquake, lasted only a second or two
  • Lilburn - Rattled the furnitures brass handles, shook bed downstairs where my son was in.
  • Aiken, SC - Haven't seen any damage yet. Felt/ sounded like a large truck was going by outside my window. Felt whole house shake and windows rattle.
  • Dacula, GA - Lying in bed at 10:30pm we felt the house shake and rattled some stuff in our bedroom, followed by a low rumbling noise. Lasted about 20 seconds.
  • Buford - Was laying on couch when I heard a rumble and felt the couch shake.
  • Zetella, GA - Haven't checked for damage. I doubt it was strong enough here to cause damage. On the third story of a house, the shaking lasted between 15-30 seconds and was a very fast shaking motion. At first I wondered if one of my cats might be in the room scratching and thumping the closet doors, but then realized the entire room was shaking. It was very unlike an earthquake we felt a few years ago when I could hear the earth rumbling and the shaking was like slow moving waves.
  • keennesaw GA - I was on my bed watching a movie on my laptop at around 10 something I felt the bed moving,I looked around my room but nothing else moved. I thought it was weird and continued to watch the movie.
  • Blairsville, GA - Heard rapping sound and felt shaking.
  • West Columbia - Omnipresent loud, bassy rumble like heavy-lift helicopter close overhead, about 5-6 seconds overall, floor trembled, dishes tinkled in rack. Began slowly, rose to a peak, then died abruptly. No damage.
  • Gluck - Several odd creaking noises like an old house settling, then loud rumble and home shaking for about 10 seconds. Dogs were very uneasy. No known damage to our home or property.
  • Dallas - Was playing a video game at night when the entire house rumbled. Our older was cat sitting beside me had stiffen up about a minute prior to the start and jerked awake and he began to bristle as it began softly for 2 seconds. Our younger one, at the P waves began to mew (yes that is what she sounds like)she became louder in her search for me as the heavier S waves arrived and remained for 6 second. The dishes shook so hard it sounded like a restaurant loudly collecting dirty plates and cutlery.
  • USGS Ridgeville, South Carolina Sep 19 19:14 2.5 12 MAP I Felt It
    USGS South Carolina Jul 31 04:53 2.8 5 MAP I Felt It
    USGS South Carolina Jul 31 04:53 2.8 8 MAP I Felt It
    USGS South Carolina Jul 29 17:45 2.5 14 MAP I Felt It

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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