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We had an earthquake in Charleston this morning. What a way to wake up on your one day off.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A weak earthquake shook parts of the South Carolina coast Tuesday, tipping over people's Christmas trees, knocking pictures off walls and causing minor injuries.

The temblor with a preliminary magnitude of 3.6 was recorded at 7:42 a.m. northwest of Charleston, according to the Earthquake Hazards Program of the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo. The epicenter was about 4 miles from Summerville near a fault blamed for the deadly 1886 Charleston quake which killed more than 100.

Summerville police Sgt. Cassandra Williams said the department had received no reports of damage but she felt the rattling herself for a few seconds.

"I was sitting in the parking lot getting my cup of coffee ... and I felt my trunk shaking. I thought who in the world is shaking my trunk like that?"

Dennis Clark, director of the Dorchester County Emergency Management Department, said his office received scattered reports of pictures falling from walls and Christmas trees tipping over.

He said emergency workers responded to two reports of minor injuries. A pregnant woman fell during the shaking and worried about her unborn child. Also, a child fell out of a stool or high chair and hit his head.

Initially, the earthquake's center was reported southeast of Goose Creek but was later adjusted farther northwest. It was about 3 miles below the earth's surface, said Carrieanne Bedwell, a seismologist with hazards program.

The 1886 quake was a magnitude 7.3 destroying about $5 million worth of property, worth $103 million when adjusted for inflation.

Bedwell said the last temblor in the Charleston area that could be felt was a 2.6 magnitude in November of 2005.

Steve Jaume, an associate professor of geology at the College of Charleston, said between 20 and 30 earthquakes usually affect the area each year but most are so weak they can't be felt.

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Glad to see "most" are OK. All that shaking on silt can't be comforting.


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Glad to see "most" are OK. All that shaking on silt can't be comforting.


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Yea, I'm still living in them at the moment.

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Come out and visit sometime; we have hundreds every week, most below 2.0, but many at the 3 or better. Most of those are up north, but the bay area and southern cal are both known for some serious shakers.

The jolts and shaking ones don't bother me *that* much, but the rolling ones are quite strange. First one of those I felt I was at a restaurant and all of a sudden it felt like I was drunk. I was looking around at the time and it seemed like everything in my field of vision just "bent" sort of, it was very disquieting. Then I realized everyone else had the same look on their face that I must have had, and slowly put 2 and 2 together.

I need to move.

Enjoy the ride, Jody, and Merry Christmas, too.

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You live in Charleston!!!!!!!!!!! THE BATTERY ROCKS! I went to College of Charleston for 1 semester just to party!
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No, it was probably shock waves form the one you left on in your basement drew.

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