Was there another earthquake today near Elgin, SC?


The region has experienced several earthquakes since early Monday morning.

ELGIN, SC – Another day, and more earthquakes in the city of Elgin in South Carolina, the sixth and seventh in the region since early Monday morning.

The US Geological Survey confirms a magnitude 2.8 earthquake at 3:09 p.m. Tuesday. It was centered 3.1 miles east-southeast of the town of Elgin and was shaking 3.8 miles below ground.

And shortly after, it was confirmed that there had been a 2.3 earthquake at 1:24 p.m., also about three miles east-southeast of Elgin. This one was 2.4 miles below the surface.

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News19 has already received reports of people who felt the quakes, including journalist Walker Lawson, who was in that area. Just last night a 2.9 magnitude earthquake in almost the same area.

The latest round of earthquakes began at 1:32 a.m. Monday morning when a 3.3 tremor hit. The earthquake was felt in several counties, waking some people from their sleep. This earthquake is tied with the largest earthquake in South Carolina since Valentine’s Day 2014.

Two other minor tremors occurred a few hours later. Then in the early evening of Monday, another took place.

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Tuesday afternoon’s earthquakes are the 29th and 30th recorded near the Elgin area since late December, and the 26th and 27th since Jan. 1.

Despite so many earthquakes during this period, experts say it’s something that can happen naturally. Scott White, professor of geology at the University of South Carolina, says they’re continuing to research earthquakes to try to figure out why it’s happening and whether it’s going to continue.

“We don’t view this whole sequence as one event with aftershocks, but rather as an entire sequence of small earthquakes that gradually relieve tension in the earth’s crust,” White said. “During this period, when enough stress is relieved, we will see the end of this series of events. The current seismic sequence does not reflect abnormal seismic behavior. This one is a bit longer than most, but it could go on for several months or maybe even a year.”


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