Preliminary 3.3 magnitude quake jolts South Carolina

Earthquake seismograph (Photo: MGN Image)

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — A relatively rare East Coast earthquake centered northeast of South Carolina’s capital city has jolted large numbers of state residents awake.

Authorities say the quake occurred just after 1:30 a.m. Monday and had a preliminary 3.3 magnitude.

There were no immediate reports of any damages or injuries. The pre-dawn temblor lasted only seconds but a number of people took to social media to describe being shaken from sleep.

A seismic analyst monitoring the quake for the USGS Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado called it the latest in a small series of shakes in recent months.

The epicenter was reported about 1.9 miles below the earth’s surface near Elgin, South Carolina.

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