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Small earthquake strikes South Carolina’s Lowcountry on Friday

A small earthquake struck South Carolina’s Lowcountry just before noon Friday.

The 2.4 magnitude quake was centered 3 miles west-northwest of Summerville, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. That’s about 188 miles southeast of Charlotte and about 25 miles northwest of Charleston.

People typically don’t feel such low-intensity quakes, according to the Geological Survey’s magnitude/intensity comparsion chart.

The quake struck at 11:58 a.m. about 2.4 miles below the earth’s surface, according to the Geological Survey .

The Palmetto State has fault lines running through it, and earthquakes “are not an uncommon occurrence,” the S.C. Department of Natural Resources says.

The most intense struck at 9:51 p.m. Aug. 31, 1886.

The 7.6 magnitude quake killed 60 people, destroyed Charleston’s brick and masonry buildings and damaged structures up to 200 miles from Charleston.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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