Small but noisy quake rattles Barnwell County

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 10:32 AM
Last updated 11:19 PM
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A minor earthquake near Williston, S.C., has spawned a flurry of inquiries to Barnwell County authorities.

The Monday quake was a magnitude 1.9 and was centered 2.8 miles west of the town, said D.T. Townsend, a spokesman at Savannah River Site.

The event, which callers to the Barnwell County Sheriff’s Office reported as a “loud boom,” was recorded by the site’s seismology instruments but was not related to activities at SRS, he said. “It was strictly an off-site event.”

The cause of the boom remains a mystery. Site officials even checked with the Federal Aviation Administration to determine whether supersonic flights occurred in the region, but there were none.

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burninater 10/12/11 - 11:52 am
According to whom was this an

According to whom was this an earthquake? USGS isn't reporting it as one. Weak ground motion following a loud bang? Sounds like anexplosion to me.

InsideTraitor 10/18/11 - 03:08 pm
@burninater Trogdor was a

@burninater Trogdor was a man... errr, he was a dragon-man... or maybe he was just a dragon... but he was still TROGDOR!!! TROGDOR!!! Come to think of it, maybe it WAS Trogdor burninating the land. That would explain the boom.

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