Earthquake rattles Barnwell

Friday, March 27, 2009 4:57 PM
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Officials say an earthquake occurred in Barnwell County today, registering at least a 3 on the Richter scale.

Pradeep Talwani, director of the South Carolina Seismic Network, said the quake was recorded at 12:06 p.m. today. He said the exact origin of the quake hasn’t been determined yet, but that it was somewhere in Barnwell County.

Mr. Talwani said he hasn’t heard of any reports of damage, adding that a 3 earthquake usually doesn’t cause damage but people can feel things shaking.

He said the last time a quake of that magnitude hit the area was Aug. 8, 1991. He said other areas of South Carolina also have experienced quakes recently, but it doesn’t seem to be leading to anything major.

“Fairfield County (just north of Columbia) has been having lots and lots of little shots,” he said.

A fault line runs through the Barnwell County area, he said.

Now, he said, his office is hoping the public there will contact him via e-mail at talwani@geol.sc.edu to provide any reports of what they felt.

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FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 03/27/09 - 05:02 pm
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Didn't feel a thing.

Didn't feel a thing.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 03/27/09 - 05:02 pm
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yet. lol

yet. lol

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 03/27/09 - 05:03 pm
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I'd like a map of the local

I'd like a map of the local fault lines, where can we get one?

GGpap
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GGpap 03/27/09 - 05:24 pm
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I understand that nothing was

I understand that nothing was felt on the west end of Williston, GGpap

thefish
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thefish 03/27/09 - 06:15 pm
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I'd rather have nuke waste

I'd rather have nuke waste stored in a deep tunnel in Nevada than here at Barnwell. And no, I am not a nuke engineer.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 03/27/09 - 06:22 pm
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thefish. That's why I wanted

thefish. That's why I wanted the map. Can't think about Barnwell without thinking of SRS, can we?

magew125
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magew125 03/27/09 - 06:54 pm
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I heard & felt it on the East

I heard & felt it on the East side of Williston near the middle school

pizzato
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pizzato 03/27/09 - 07:00 pm
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I work next to Energy

I work next to Energy Solutions and felt no earthquake today. The streams are running clear and the grass is green. Nothing to worry about all is well in Barnwell. Even if things were not well in Barnwell do you think they would tell you? I did see a couple of helicopters and a few black suburbans but that is the norm on the 64 gate side.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 03/27/09 - 07:18 pm
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I live in Williston (as

I live in Williston (as evident of my handle) and I didn't feel a thing.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 03/27/09 - 07:19 pm
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me too, fish. I live less

me too, fish. I live less than three miles from SRS.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/27/09 - 07:33 pm
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I don't live in williston,

I don't live in williston, but I may have felt the earthquake. I thought it was my burrito, but I seem to remember 12:06 as the exact time I felt something. It may well have been the earthquake. I'm real confident about the 3.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 03/27/09 - 08:10 pm
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I'm sure you felt nothing if

I'm sure you felt nothing if you lived west of the Aiken-Barnwell County line, pat.

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 03/27/09 - 09:43 pm
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not a fault map but shows ya

not a fault map but shows ya the eathquakes that are happening. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/index.php

elkogirl
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elkogirl 03/27/09 - 10:37 pm
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Nothing in Elko but my

Nothing in Elko but my daughter (9th grade) says they heard something like thunder about that time.

DontTazeMeBro
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DontTazeMeBro 03/28/09 - 12:20 am
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pt maybe your burrito caused

pt maybe your burrito caused this whole thing? :)

Pu239
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Pu239 03/28/09 - 03:14 am
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Ahhhh.... a bean burrito and
Unpublished

Ahhhh.... a bean burrito and a Big Gulp.......that'll cause tremors!

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