South Carolina earthquakes: Aftershocks rock Columbia area following rare quake

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A series of aftershocks rocked central South Carolina after a rare 3.3 magnitude earthquake struck near Columbia early Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey is reporting.

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According to the agency, the first quake, which occurred shortly after 1:30 a.m. EDT Monday, was centered about 3.9 miles east of Elgin and 21.1 miles northeast of Columbia. It had a depth of less than 2 miles.

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But the temblors didn’t stop there. Four more earthquakes, ranging in magnitude from 1.6 to 2.9, occurred in the same area between 4:39 a.m. and 11:55 p.m., the USGS reported.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division took to social media early Tuesday to warn residents to expect more aftershocks in the coming weeks.

“#Aftershock intensity varies, but they tend to be of lesser magnitude than the initial #earthquake and decrease in frequency over time,” the agency tweeted.

No significant damage or injuries have been reported in connection with the quakes.