Tuesday, August 23, 2011
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Virginia on Tuesday, and the effects were felt across the state.
The 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Virginia on Tuesday is a reminder that South Carolina is at risk for earthquakes, according to a University of South Carolina professor and seismologist. "It's just a wake up call to the fact that we are in an area where we have susceptibility to earthquakes," said Tom Owens, professor of earth and ocean sciences at USC Columbia. "We have hazards in Charleston and other, lesser hazards in other parts of the state." People across the state reported feeling the effects of the earthquake. "I didn't feel it," Owens said. "I was walking down the hall at the time. But there were people across the hall who said they felt it." The epicenter of the earthquake was near Louisa, Va., northwest of Richmond. …
Duke Energy said while the earthquake did not register significant seismic activity, equipment was checked as a precaution.
As a precaution, Duke Energy inspected the dams at Jocassee, Keowee and Bad Creek and also checked the reactors at the Oconee Nuclear Plant, after an earthquake hit Richmond, Va., Tuesday afternoon. Many South Carolinians felt the effects of the 5.8-magnitude earthquake, that struck Richmond just before 2 p.m. Tina Worley, a spokesperson for Duke Energy, said that while many felt the earthquake in the Upstate of South Carolina, the seismic activity was not enough to have any effect on the operations at the Oconee Nuclear Plant. However, the company still performed routine checks of the nuclear station, as well as the dams that generate power. But what did it feel like? Residents in Mauldin described what happened.
The 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit Virginia just before 2 p.m.
South Carolina felt the effects of a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Virgina just before 2 p.m. Tuesday. The earthquake was 3.7 miles deep, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Find more details about the earthquake here. There are reports of people in states as far away as New Hampshire, Indiana and Florida feeling the effects of the earthquake. A College of Charleston seismologist said the earthquake magnitude was probably between 2 or 3 by the time South Carolina felt it, according to a report from WLTX. Trey Eubanks, city administrator in Mauldin, said some people in the area felt the quake. "Some folks in city hall felt it, but no interruption in services," Eubanks said. "People have called asking about it." A medical …