Earthquake felt in Charleston, South Carolina but little damage results
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)
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1861 (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, Lee and Company, 1860), 407.