By Noah FeitUpdated November 16, 2021 11:40 AM
For the second time in a week, an earthquake was confirmed in South Carolina.
The seismic activity that had a depth of 5.4 kilometers is the 22nd earthquake in South Carolina in 2021 to be confirmed by the USGS.
This comes one week after an 1.5 magnitude earthquake was reported on Nov. 9 in the Lowcountry.
No damage or injuries have been reported from Tuesday’s earthquake.
It makes sense since earthquakes that register 2.5 magnitude or less often go unnoticed and are only recorded by a seismograph, according to Michigan Technological University. Any quake less than 5.5 magnitude is not likely to cause significant damage, the school said.
Anyone who felt the quake can report it to the USGS.
It’s the ninth earthquake recorded in the past month in the Palmetto State, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. In addition to the earthquake in the Lowcountry, seven of the previous quakes were reported by S.C. Department of Natural Resources in the Jenkinsville area in Fairfield County, from Oct. 25 through Nov. 1.
The most powerful earthquake recorded in South Carolina this year was a 3.3-magnitude quake near Centerville on Sept. 27. That was the third of three earthquakes recorded in that area that day.
It is typical for South Carolina to have between six and 10 earthquakes a year, the S.C. Geological Survey reported. There were at least 11 earthquakes reported by the USGS in South Carolina in 2020.
On Oct. 17, another earthquake was confirmed just over the state line in the Lincolnton area of Georgia, along the Savannah River.
One of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in South Carolina happened in Charleston on Aug. 31, 1886. The estimated 7.3 magnitude quake killed 60 people and was felt over 2.5 million square miles, from Cuba to New York, and Bermuda to the Mississippi River, according to the Emergency Management Division.