Quake recorded near Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A weak earthquake has been recorded near the South Carolina coast, but officials say there are no immediate reports of damages or injuries.

The Earthquake Hazards Program of the U.S. Geological Survey said the 2.5 magnitude temblor was recorded near Summerville just after 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The epicenter was near a fault blamed for a deadly magnitude 7.3 earthquake in 1886 that killed more than 100.

In December a 3.6 magnitude quake tipped over Christmas trees, knocked pictures off walls and caused minor injuries.

Erin Beutel, a College of Charleston geologist, said quakes have been recorded this year near Columbia, between Orangeburg and Aiken, and north of Florence. None caused damage.



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