Throwback Thursday: Earthquake hits Charleston

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An earthquake with an estimated 7.6 magnitude hit Charleston over a century ago, according to the History Channel.

The earthquake's foreshocks were first felt in Summerville on August 27 and 28, 1886.

At 9:51 p.m. on August 31, the first shocks of the earthquake itself shook Charleston.

The aftershocks of the earthquake were felt far away from the Low Country as far North as Boston and as far South as Cuba.

The earthquake caused over 100 million dollars in damages when adjusted to current-day inflation, including bent railroad tracks. It also destroyed hundreds of buildings and killed over 100 people.

Many scientists felt confused at the time of the earthquake because they had not yet discovered the fault line that caused the earthquake. Despite the presence of a fault line, scientists do not believe that a serious earthquake in the area is probable.

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