3.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Midlands Early Monday Morning

ELGIN, S.C., — Thousands were woken up around 1:30 a.m., after a 3.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Midlands. The earthquake struck less than 4 miles from Elgin, SC, or about 30 minutes north of Columbia, SC. More than 4,000 reported feeling the earthquake as far north as the North Carolina border. The depth of this quake was less than 2 miles, which is shallow and why so many felt the quake.

After the 3.3 magnitude quake this morning, three smaller earthquakes have been reported. A 1.6 magnitude earthquake was reported at 4:39 a.m.. Shortly after the second one, a 1.8 magnitude quake was then reported at 5:10 am. The fourth and final earthquake of the day occurred at 6:05 p.m. registering as a magnitude 2.1.

There has now been 25 minor earthquakes — less than 4.0 magnitude — for the Midlands this year. It is also the strongest earthquake since December when another 3.3 magnitude quake was measured. On average, the state of South Carolina reports 20 earthquakes a year.