Earthquake rattles Barnwell

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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