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S.C. Shaken by 2 Quakes Within 1 Week
A minor earthquake awakened residents early Monday in northeastern South Carolina, the second quake to hit the area in several days.
The magnitude 3.7 quake hit at 1:44 a.m. and was centered near Society Hill, about 90 miles southeast of Charlotte, N.C., according to the National Earthquake Information Center in Denver.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Roy Allison, director of emergency management for Marlboro County, said he and other residents were woken up by their shaking houses.
At a furniture and appliance store in Wallace, about 10 miles north of the epicenter, "the windows sounded like they were about to bust out," said Valerie Perhealth, daughter of the store's owner. "It scared me so bad."
A magnitude 3.5 quake shook the area Friday. The centers of the two quakes were about 10 miles apart.
Jessica Sigala, a geophysicist with the earthquake center, said the area gets small earthquakes now and then because of faults connected to the Appalachians.
"There's no fear of a bigger earthquake. These (small tremors) just happen," Sigala said.
There were no reports of damage from Friday's quake but there were reports of windows cracking and dishes rattling.
South Carolina each year has, on average, 10 to 15 earthquakes that register below magnitude 3. An earthquake between 3 and 4 normally is recorded about once every 18 months.
The area's most devastating quake on record was a magnitude 7.3 that rumbled near Charleston on Aug. 31, 1886, killing more than 100 people.