10 earthquake

Many near Lugoff were shaken up around 1:45 a.m. and 8:18 a.m. Wednesday morning after two earthquakes measuring in at 2.7 and 1.5 magnitudes hit the area.

According to the USGS, both quakes collectively bring the total count to ten earthquakes in the area since Dec. 27, 2021.

Leaving many to wonder, what is causing the multiple tremors?

According to National Earthquake Information Center’s Earthquake Analyst Don Blakeman, the swarm of quakes can be attributed to smaller stresses in the earth’s core. He added that South Carolina is on a tectonic plate, also called a lithospheric plate which is a massive irregular-shaped slab of solid rock, and small cracks within the plate are what causes earthquakes.

Fortunately, frequent earthquakes back-to-back is not unusual, Blakeman said but warned that there is a tiny chance that another large magnitude earthquake could occur.

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