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Earthquake reported in South Carolina, 5th in 3 days

December 29, 2021 GMT

CAMDEN, S.C. (AP) — An earthquake Wednesday hit northern Kershaw County in South Carolina, marking the fifth quake in the area since Monday.

The quake was an estimated magnitude of 2.4 and struck about 4:12 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey, WCSC-TV reported.

The state typically averages up to 20 quakes each year, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division said. Wednesday morning’s quake brings the state’s total in 2021 to 28. Most of them, 18, have occurred just in the last three months.

Four mild quakes shook Kershaw County near Elgin on Monday, measuring magnitudes of 3.3, 2.5, 2.1 and 1.7. The first quake Monday came at 2:18 p.m. The USGS reported the last quake of the day at 10:03 p.m.

People reported feeling tremors throughout the Columbia area and as far away as Lexington, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southwest of the epicenter.