South Carolina Emergency Officials Release Earthquake Guide

September 22, 2008

State emergency officials want South Carolina residents to be prepared in case a big earthquake hits the state.

The state’s Emergency Management Division says the state’s first earthquake guide will be released in several coastal South Carolina newspapers.

The guide will include advice on how to prepare for quakes and what to do if one hits the Palmetto State.

The most devastating quake on record for South Carolina was a magnitude 7.3 that rumbled near Charleston in 1886. That earthquake killed more than 100 people and destroyed about $5 million worth of property — worth $103 million when adjusted to 2005 figures for inflation.

The last earthquake reported in South Carolina was a 2.4 magnitude quake that shook parts of Richland County in May 2007.


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