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Powerful earthquake shakes Columbia area overnight. How it compares to recent ones in SC

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Thousands of people reported feeling what scientists have confirmed was one of the most powerful earthquakes to hit South Carolina in years. A 3.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded near Elgin, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The earthquake hit at 1:32 a.m., the South Carolina Emergency Management Division said. Two smaller earthquakes were reported in the same area within four hours of the 3.3 quake, according to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.

This continues a recent trend of seismic activity. Prior to the past day, the most recent incident was on April 22 when two earthquakes were recorded on opposite ends of South Carolina.

In all, 27 earthquakes have hit the Columbia area since the most previous 3.3 magnitude quake was recorded on Dec. 27, 2021, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

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