ST LOUIS (LALATE) – A South Carolina earthquake today 2014 has struck Aiken. The South Carolina earthquake today 9/16/14 began in the afternoon hours. Damage assessment is pending.
USGS indicates to news that the South Carolina earthquake started just after 4:38 pm PST. The quake was shallow. Officials indicate to news that the quake started four miles below ground level. As a result the quake could be felt across the immediate area. Reps tell news that the South Carolina earthquake was two miles northwest of New Ellenton. It was seven miles south of Aiken. It started fourteen miles east of North Augusta. It was also fifty-five miles south of Columbia.
Several quakes have been hitting the state this year. In February one quake was eighteen miles north of Evans and nineteen miles north of Martinez. The quake also started twenty-one miles northwest of North Augusta, South Carolina and roughly sixty miles west of Colombia, South Carolina.
USGS tells news that “The region is laced with known faults but numerous smaller or deeply buried faults remain undetected. Even the known faults are poorly located at earthquake depths. Accordingly, few, if any, earthquakes in the inland Carolinas can be linked to named faults. It is difficult to determine if a known fault is still active and could slip and cause an earthquake. As in most other areas east of the Rockies, the best guide to earthquake hazards in the seismic zone is the earthquakes themselves.”