South Carolina Holds Earthquake Drill

November 13, 2008

The ground may not be shaking, but emergency officials want South Carolina residents to be ready if and when it does.

An earthquake drill was held Wednesday as part of South Carolina Earthquake Awareness Week. Emergency Management Division officials say it was a test for alert systems and gave participants a chance to check their safety plans and emergency supplies.

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 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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