EXIT of the DAY: EXIT 5 I-95s: Hardeeville, South Carolina
“As we approach the border with Georgia we want to shake things up a little. Y’all have heard about the Carolina Shag Dance…
…Well, how about the Charleston Quake? We just want you to realize how lucky you are to have gotten out of South Carolina without experiencing — of all things — an EARTHQUAKE!
What, you say, an earthquake? More likely I’d be bitten by a gator or a mangy coon dog, or even by the state dog, the Boykin Spaniel – whatever THAT is! But South Carolina has earthquakes and even suffered The BIG ONE back in 1886…
The Charleston Quake was estimated to be about 7.2 magnitude, and it killed 60 people. Not only was much of Beautiful antebellum Charleston destroyed…
…but the shock was felt as far away as Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, Cuba, and Bermuda to the east. It was so severe that there was speculation that the Florida peninsula had broken away from North America. Wowzer! By Comparison, the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 was just a teeny bit stronger at 7.9 magnitude.
Around South Carolina, quicksand boiled up from deep within the earth due to soil liquefaction. Aftershocks continued to be felt for weeks after the event and minor earthquake activity that still continues in the area today may be a continuation of aftershocks…
The scariest part was there was no warning. No historical earthquake activity had occurred, which is unusual for any seismic area. Still, It is one of the most powerful and damaging earthquakes to hit the East Coast ever.
Why do I tell you this? Well isn’t it obvious? We do not want you to feel bad about leaving the state. Rest assured upcoming Georgia’s quite fascinating and Florida, well if you head that far down, you won’t be disappointed. But I just thought you’d want something to be happy about by departing fair South Carolina and so I thought I’d mention the earthquakes. But if you like Earthquakes, Shag Dancing and Beach Music , you can always come back.
Rest assured, you won’t ever be bored . Cause there’s always something shaking in South Carolina!”
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