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Earthquake felt in Charleston, South Carolina but little damage results

Charleston, South Carolina, 1857, zoomable map
01/19/1860
Small earthquakes are surprisingly common on the coastal plain of South Carolina with shocks having been recorded since 1698.  At around 7 p.m. in Charleston the latest of these was felt, lasting 20-25 seconds but causing little damage.  The quake was also felt in parts of Georgia.  In August 1886, Charleston would suffer its largest ever earthquake losing two-thirds of its buildings and more than 120 citizens.   (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1861 (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, Lee and Company, 1860), 407.

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