Friday, June 22, 2018

The 1886 Charleston SC Earthquake Reaches Delmar

Delmar, Del, Sept 1 – The most violent shock of earthquake ever felt hereabouts was experienced about 9:30 o’clock last night.  Many persons were considerably alarmed.  Coal oil in the lamps was shaken and doors slammed. 

Above from the Wilmington Morning News September 2, 1886

This was the effect of the1886 Charleston, SC earthquake.  The shocks from which were felt as far as Boston and out into the Midwest.  On August 31, 1886 at about 9:50 Pm an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 to 7.3 occurred in Charleston and the aftershocks continued for several weeks.  60 people died in the southeast USA from the earthquake and aftershocks.

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