Historic Earthquakes

Charleston, South Carolina
1886 September 01 02:51 UTC (local August 31)
Magnitude 7.3
Intensity X

Largest Earthquake in South Carolina

Damage Photos

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Brick House at 157 Tradd Street, wrecked by Charleston earthquake of August 31, 1886.
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Derailed locomotive on Ten Mile Hill.
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Damage from Charleston earthquake of August 31, 1886.
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The worst earthquake wreck in Charleston.
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Displaced monument in graveyeard.
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People encamped in city park public square in Charleston after the earthquake.

Photos from the Earth Science Photographs from the U.S. Geological Survey Library, by Joseph K. McGregor and Carl Abston, U.S. Geological Survey Digital Data Series DDS-21, 1995.


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Public building in Charleston, South Carolina, severely damaged by the September 1, 1886, earthquake.

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Craterlet from a sand spout at Ten Hill, Berkeley County, South Carolina, formed by the September 1, 1886, Charleston earthquake. (Photograph aby J.K. Hillers.)

Abridged from Seismicity of the United States, 1568-1989 (Revised), by Carl W. Stover and Jerry L. Coffman, U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1527, United States Government Printing Office, Washington: 1993.