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Your wedding day. Without a doubt, it's one of the most significant events you will ever experience - when you and the love of your life officially seal the deal and get married. On this day, your friends and family will gather to celebrate the next step in your life. Photographers will be running around snapping photos, catering plates delicious food for guests to enjoy, and the DJ sets the mood for a night of fun and libation. You've worked extra hard to make everything look perfect and run smoothly. You have examined every moving part down to the tiniest detail. At the center of all your effort is your wedding venue in Columbia, SC.

Your event space can mean the difference between an unforgettable event and an average occasion. Capturing your uniqueness as a couple is paramount to a memorable wedding. But, without the right venue location and staff, your unforgettable event can turn into a painfully average occasion. Fortunately, at Abney Hall, you won't ever have to worry about dingy reception spaces and crummy chow halls.

Constructed in Columbia, SC, in 1962, Abney Hall is 15,000 square feet and sits on 500 acres of land, making it a large wedding venue unlike any other. Abney Hall was originally the home of Mrs. Josephine Abney, a Columbia native who was a lifelong philanthropist. Mrs. Abney devoted much of her time and effort towards supporting charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and other noble efforts. Today, Abney Hall stands tall as a symbol of love, both in our community and for the couples who choose to get married here.

Abney Hall is an exclusive event experience unlike any other, surrounded by verdant forests and sparkling ponds. Our venue is a natural fit for several occasions, including:

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Much More!

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The Top Wedding Venue in Columbia, SC

The beginning of your life starts at Abney Hall. With our team by your side, we can create the fairy tale wedding you have dreamed about since childhood. Whether you have 100 guests or 1,000, our waterfront ceremony locations and French-inspired courtyard are perfect for your big day. Celebrate in luxurious style surrounded by shady magnolia trees, a private forest, large ponds, and the beauty of Mother Nature. While our venue location and aesthetic have been praised far and wide, so too have the practical aspects of Abney Hall. Looking for a relaxing, comfortable spot for your bridal party to get ready in? We offer an entire floor in the Abney Hall residence to get the bridal party ready. Want to make your groomsman feel extra-special too? We've got a private, plush house just feet from a sparkling pond that is a proper hangout spot for the guys in your group.

To make life easier on you, we also offer Abney Hall as your go-to spot for rehearsal dinners. Why book an expensive restaurant or travel to another location when unmatched beauty and convenience are right at your fingertips? Abney Hall is just the place for that very important dinner the night before your big day. We are also happy to host your bridal shower at Abney Hall. Our venue makes for one of Columbia's most unique bridal shower settings, where your family and friends can gather to give gifts and be merry before you walk down the aisle.

With such a large, magnificent house and a vast property, Abney Hall also makes for an unforgettable location for your bridal portraits and other wedding-related photography needs. Don't take our word for it - book a tour and see for yourself why so many new brides and grooms choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Columbia.

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What Sets Abney Hall Apart from Other Wedding Venues in Columbia?

You've already found the person you want to spend the rest of your life beside. The next step? Finding the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony, reception, and celebration of your lifelong commitment to one another. Remember, the backdrop for photos, dancing, eating, and all other activities will be at your wedding venue. That's why we work so hard to set Abney Hall apart from our competitors - so you and your guests can focus on love and living your new life while we work with your vendors and photographers to make your magic night a reality.

Here are just a few reasons why guests choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Columbia, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:

Venue Size

Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.

Location and Nearby Lodging

On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.

Located in Columbia, SC, Abney Hall is situated in a memorable, natural setting, giving your wedding a private vibe in the midst of Mother Nature. While we pride ourselves on having a secluded wedding event space, our venue is within an easy driving distance of hotels and vacation rentals.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

When you contact us for a tour, make sure to speak with our experienced venue manager about nearby hotels and shuttle service options. We understand that your guest's comfort and convenience are important, and we're happy to work with you to figure out the best way to get your guests to Abney Hall.

Venue Staff

At Abney Hall, our staff has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most friendly, accessible teams. We will provide you with a purpose-minded point of contact that can help answer questions relating to timelines, preferred vendors, and every aspect of your wedding. When you tour our wedding venue in Columbia, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

We would be happy to go over:
  • Venue Pricing
  • Ceremony Specifics
  • Reception Specifics
  • Catering Possibilities
  • Decorating Possibilities
  • Entertainment Options
  • Photography and Photo Opportunities
  • Venue Amenities
  • Bridal Party Needs
  • Groomsman Needs

At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.

Decor

When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.

Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.

Photo Opportunities

10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.

From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Columbia, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.

Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip

The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.

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The Premier Corporate Event Venue in Columbia, SC

Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.

The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.

When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.

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If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation
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Latest News in Columbia, SC

Preliminary 3.3 magnitude quake jolts South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A relatively rare East Coast earthquake centered just northeast of South Carolina's capital city jolted large numbers of state residents awake early Monday, rocking the Southern state at a preliminary 3.3 magnitude, authorities said.There were no immediate reports of any damages or injuries, although more than 4,000 people contacted the U.S. Geological Survey to report what they felt.The pre-dawn temblor lasted only seconds, but a number of people took to social media to describe being shaken from sleep when t...

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A relatively rare East Coast earthquake centered just northeast of South Carolina's capital city jolted large numbers of state residents awake early Monday, rocking the Southern state at a preliminary 3.3 magnitude, authorities said.

There were no immediate reports of any damages or injuries, although more than 4,000 people contacted the U.S. Geological Survey to report what they felt.

The pre-dawn temblor lasted only seconds, but a number of people took to social media to describe being shaken from sleep when the quake hit shortly after 1:30 a.m.

There have been dozens of low-magnitude quakes since last December, when a 3.3 magnitude tremor originated in the same area, near Elgin, about 21 miles (34 kilometers) northeast of downtown Columbia, South Carolina’s capital city.

Those awakened early Monday reported feeling the earth shaking for several seconds, some even describing what sounded like a heavy truck moving nearby.

But geological officials noted that, while the events are unsettling, central South Carolina's loose soil and lack of significant bedrock — coupled with the Monday earthquake's shallow depth of about 1.9 miles (3.1 kilometers) below the earth’s surface — mean such rumbles are felt more significantly in a place like South Carolina than they would perhaps be along the San Andreas fault system, in California.

“There’s definitely been a ‘swarm’ here over the past several months," Amy Vaughan, a geophysicist and seismic analyst monitoring the quake for USGS’ National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado, told The Associated Press by phone. “This is not an area that is capable of producing what we would consider a big one, of much larger magnitudes. ... A 3.3 is a larger deal when it occurs somewhere like South Carolina."

Noting that the 3.3 magnitude is an early assessment and could change, Vaughan added that reports had been pouring in to the 24-hour quake monitoring center.

“I have not heard of any damage reports so far but have had over a thousand ... reports," she said.

Still, she called it “alarming for sure" and said some lesser aftershocks were possible in coming days or weeks. She noted there were quakes of a preliminary 2.0 or higher in April and March and others going back little more than four months in the region — and a 3.3 quake last December.

South Carolina typically averages 20 earthquakes a year, according to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. Elgin is along a large fault system that extends from Georgia through the Carolinas and into Virginia.

Last year, the area near Jenkinsville — about 40 miles (60 kilometers) west of this group of tremors — registered six small earthquakes in over a week.

According to emergency management officials, about 70% of South Carolina earthquakes are located in the Middleton Place-Summerville Seismic Zone, about 12.4 miles (20 kilometers) northwest of Charleston.

In 1886, that historic coastal city was home to the largest recorded earthquake in the history of the southeastern United States, according to seismic officials. The quake, thought to have had a magnitude of at least 7, left dozens of people dead and destroyed hundreds of buildings.

That event was preceded by a series of smaller tremors over several days, although it was not known that the foreshocks were necessarily leading up to something more catastrophic until after the major quake.

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Small Earthquake Jolts South Carolina Near Columbia

Columbia, S.C. (AP) -- A relatively rare East Coast earthquake centered just northeast of South Carolina's capital city jolted large numbers of state residents awake early Monday, rocking the Southern state at a preliminary 3.3 magnitude, authorities said.There were no immediate reports of any damages or injuries, although more than 4,000 people contacted the U.S. Geological Survey to report what they felt.The pre-dawn temblor lasted only seconds, but a number of people took to social media to describe being shaken from sleep w...

Columbia, S.C. (AP) -- A relatively rare East Coast earthquake centered just northeast of South Carolina's capital city jolted large numbers of state residents awake early Monday, rocking the Southern state at a preliminary 3.3 magnitude, authorities said.

There were no immediate reports of any damages or injuries, although more than 4,000 people contacted the U.S. Geological Survey to report what they felt.

The pre-dawn temblor lasted only seconds, but a number of people took to social media to describe being shaken from sleep when the quake hit shortly after 1:30 a.m.

There have been dozens of low-magnitude quakes since last December, when a 3.3 magnitude tremor originated in the same area, near Elgin, about 21 miles (34 kilometers) northeast of downtown Columbia, South Carolina’s capital city.

Those awakened early Monday reported feeling the earth shaking for several seconds, some even describing what sounded like a heavy truck moving nearby.

But geological officials noted that, while the events are unsettling, central South Carolina's loose soil and lack of significant bedrock — coupled with the Monday earthquake's shallow depth of about 1.9 miles (3.1 kilometers) below the earth’s surface — mean such rumbles are felt more significantly in a place like South Carolina than they would perhaps be along the San Andreas fault system, in California.

“There’s definitely been a ‘swarm’ here over the past several months," Amy Vaughan, a geophysicist and seismic analyst monitoring the quake for USGS’ National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado, told The Associated Press by phone. “This is not an area that is capable of producing what we would consider a big one, of much larger magnitudes. ... A 3.3 is a larger deal when it occurs somewhere like South Carolina."

Noting that the 3.3 magnitude is an early assessment and could change, Vaughan added that reports had been pouring in to the 24-hour quake monitoring center.

“I have not heard of any damage reports so far but have had over a thousand ... reports," she said.

Still, she called it “alarming for sure" and said some lesser aftershocks were possible in coming days or weeks. She noted there were quakes of a preliminary 2.0 or higher in April and March and others going back little more than four months in the region — and a 3.3 quake last December.

South Carolina typically averages 20 earthquakes a year, according to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. Elgin is along a large fault system that extends from Georgia through the Carolinas and into Virginia.

Last year, the area near Jenkinsville — about 40 miles (60 kilometers) west of this group of tremors — registered six small earthquakes in over a week.

According to emergency management officials, about 70% of South Carolina earthquakes are located in the Middleton Place-Summerville Seismic Zone, about 12.4 miles (20 kilometers) northwest of Charleston.

In 1886, that historic coastal city was home to the largest recorded earthquake in the history of the southeastern United States, according to seismic officials. The quake, thought to have had a magnitude of at least 7, left dozens of people dead and destroyed hundreds of buildings.

That event was preceded by a series of smaller tremors over several days, although it was not known that the foreshocks were necessarily leading up to something more catastrophic until after the major quake.

[Editor notes: Eds: CORRECTS: Correct metric conversion.]

Light mag. 3.3 earthquake - 21 mi northeast of Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA, on Monday, May 9, 2022 at 1:32 am (GMT -4) -

9 May 05:34 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 2 minutes.9 May 05:40: Now using data updates from USGS9 May 06:01: Magnitude recalculated from 3.1 to 3.3. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 1.5 to 3.1 km (from 0.9 to 1.9 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 0.9 km (0.6 mi) towards SE.Small magnitude 3.1 earthquake 21 miles northeast of Columbia, South Carolina, United StatesA very shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported early morning near Columbia, Richland County, South Caroli...

9 May 05:34 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 2 minutes.9 May 05:40: Now using data updates from USGS9 May 06:01: Magnitude recalculated from 3.1 to 3.3. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 1.5 to 3.1 km (from 0.9 to 1.9 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 0.9 km (0.6 mi) towards SE.

Small magnitude 3.1 earthquake 21 miles northeast of Columbia, South Carolina, United States

A very shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported early morning near Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA.According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake hit on Monday, May 9th, 2022, at 1:32 am local time at a very shallow depth of 0.9 miles. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 3.5 earthquake.Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter. Weak shaking might have been felt in Elgin (pop. 1,500) located 4 miles from the epicenter, and Lugoff (pop. 7,400) 4 miles away.Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Camden (pop. 7,100) located 9 miles from the epicenter, Fredericksburg (pop. 7,100) 9 miles away, and Dentsville (pop. 14,100) 15 miles away. In Columbia (pop. 133,800, 21 miles away), West Columbia (pop. 16,100, 23 miles away), Saint Andrews (pop. 21,200, 24 miles away), and Sumter (pop. 40,800, 28 miles away), the quake was probably not felt.

Seismic-like event, possible earthquake, reported about 10 minutes ago near Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA

We are receiving unverified early reports of ground shaking possibly caused by seismic activity in or near Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA on 9 May 2022 (GMT) at approximately 05:31 GMT.There are no details yet on the magnitude or depth of this possible quake. If confirmed, we can expect more accurate data to emerge in the next few minutes. The location, magnitude and time mentioned are indicative, based on our best-fit seismic model. They are temporary until our AllQuakes monitoring service receives more exact scientific data from a national or international seismological agency. Check back here shortly and stay safe.

If you were or still are in this area during the quake help others with your feedback and report it here.

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Date & time: May 9, 2022 05:32:47 UTC - 18 hours agoLocal time at epicenter: Monday, May 9, 2022 at 1:32 am (GMT -4) Magnitude: 3.3 Depth: 3.1 km Epicenter latitude / longitude: 34.16683°N / 80.72617°W (Kershaw, South Carolina, United States) Antipode: 34.167°S / 99.274°E Nearby towns and cities:6 km (4 mi) E of Elgin (pop: 1,480) --> See nearby quakes!8 km (5 mi) SSW of Lugoff (pop: 7,430) --> See nearby quakes!24 km (15 mi) ENE of Dentsville (pop: 14,100) --> See nearby quakes!29 km (18 mi) NE of Forest Acres (pop: 10,600) --> See nearby quakes!34 km (21 mi) NE of Columbia (pop: 133,800) --> See nearby quakes!37 km (23 mi) ENE of West Columbia (pop: 16,100) --> See nearby quakes!40 km (25 mi) ENE of Saint Andrews (pop: 21,200) --> See nearby quakes!41 km (25 mi) ENE of Seven Oaks (pop: 15,100) --> See nearby quakes!45 km (28 mi) NW of Sumter (pop: 40,800) --> See nearby quakes!621 km (386 mi) SSW of Washington (District of Columbia) (pop: 601,700) --> See nearby quakes!

Weather at epicenter at time of quake: Overcast Clouds 11°C (52 F), humidity: 77%, wind: 3 m/s (6 kts) from NNE

Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey) Estimated released energy: 5.6 x 109 joules (1.56 megawatt hours, equivalent to 1.34 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy

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11 birds you’ll see in Columbia, SC

Whether you’re a “wake up to the sound of birds” type, or a “please be quiet I’m trying to sleep” type, we’re all getting a new soundtrack to our South Carolina mornings.Here’s the pitch: imagine getting out of bed in the morning, sitting out on the patio, or going for a stroll along the river walk. Instead of just a bunch of noise, you hear the songs of the Carolina Wren aka the “Mouth of the South” or the soft warble of the Eastern Bluebird. You ...

Whether you’re a “wake up to the sound of birds” type, or a “please be quiet I’m trying to sleep” type, we’re all getting a new soundtrack to our South Carolina mornings.

Here’s the pitch: imagine getting out of bed in the morning, sitting out on the patio, or going for a stroll along the river walk. Instead of just a bunch of noise, you hear the songs of the Carolina Wren aka the “Mouth of the South” or the soft warble of the Eastern Bluebird. You could even learn their colors, habits, and favorite foods. The upshot: you should really get into birdwatching.

You could wing it, or…

A little bit of preparation goes a long way — i.e., you don’t need to drop your tax return on binocs (although it couldn’t hurt to look).

What might help:

Meet the stars of the show

American Robin

Woodlands, suburban backyards, and grasslands with shrubs | All year | Song

Carolina Chickadee

Woodlands, swamps, parks, and suburban + urban areas | All year | Song

Carolina Wren

Brushy thickets, swamps, and ravines | All year | Song

Indigo Bunting

Brushy forest edges, open woods, and farmland | Spring, summer, and early fall | Song

Northern Cardinal

Woodland edges, thickets, and suburban gardens | All year | Song

Northern Mockingbird

Forest edges and open areas | Spring, summer, and early fall | Song

Purple Martin

Lake Murray | June-August | Song

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Forests near rivers and streams | All year | Song

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Moist forests and thickets | Spring, summer, and early fall | Song

Scarlet Tanager

Large, undisturbed tracts of forest | Spring, summer, and early fall | Song

Tufted Titmouse

Common in orchards, parks, and suburban areas | All year | Song

No shock that aftershocks continue after powerful earthquake hit Columbia area

Two more earthquakes were confirmed in the Columbia area Tuesday, as seismic activity continued following a powerful earthquake early Monday morning.In less than 36 hours, seven earthquakes have been recorded in the Midlands, according to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.The most recent earthquakes, o...

Two more earthquakes were confirmed in the Columbia area Tuesday, as seismic activity continued following a powerful earthquake early Monday morning.

In less than 36 hours, seven earthquakes have been recorded in the Midlands, according to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.

The most recent earthquakes, or aftershocks, were reported at 1:24 p.m. (2.3 magnitude) and 3:09 p.m. (2.8 magnitude), the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The seven recent earthquakes means 28 have been detected in the Palmetto State since the start of 2022, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. All but four of the quakes have been in the Midlands.

It was expected that the tremors would occur Tuesday, and aftershocks could continue for some time, after a 3.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded near Elgin at 1:32 a.m. Monday.

“We can expect aftershocks in the days and weeks following the larger earthquake early Monday morning,” the S.C. Emergency Management Division said. “Aftershock intensity varies, but they tend to be of lesser magnitude than the initial earthquake and decrease in frequency over time.”

The first four aftershocks recorded after Monday’s initial earthquake were confirmed at magnitudes of 1.6, 1.78, 2.1 and 2.9, according to the USGS. All seven of the quakes happened near Elgin.

In all, 31 earthquakes have hit the Columbia area since a 3.3 magnitude quake was recorded on Dec. 27, 2021, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

No major damage or injuries have been reported from any of the recent quakes.

Earthquakes that register 2.5 magnitude or less often go unnoticed and are usually only recorded by a seismograph, according to Michigan Technological University. Any quake less than 5.5 magnitude is not likely to cause significant damage, the school said.

It is typical for South Carolina to have between six and 10 earthquakes a year, the S.C. Geological Survey previously reported. There have been 56 earthquakes in South Carolina since Jan. 18, 2021, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

An explanation for the recent outburst has eluded scientists.

Digging and blasting at mines, water seeping through the ground from lakes, or other changes in weight or pressure underground could all contribute to seismic activity, The State previously reported, but no one has settled on the single cause for the Midlands’ shaking.

Date/Location

Magnitude

Depth (km)

Jan. 18/Dalzell

2.1

6.9

Feb. 13/Summerville

2.1

5.1

May 12/Heath Springs

1.8

9.99

May 31/Summit

2.6

1.7

May 31/Summit

2.0

5.1

July 16/Ladson

2.04.0

July 22/Ladson

1.3

3.5

July 22/Ladson

1.95

3.97

Aug. 21/Centerville

1.75

1.97

Aug. 21/Centerville

1.71

3.37

Sept. 27/Summerville

2.86.0

Sept. 27/Summerville

2.0

5.8

Sept. 27/Centerville

3.3

6.8
Oct. 25/Jenkinsville2.23.8
Oct. 26/Jenkinsville1.80.0
Oct. 28/Jenkinsville1.81.8
Oct. 28/Jenkinsville1.70.0
Oct. 28/Jenkinsville2.14.2
Oct. 31/Jenkinsville2.30.1
Nov. 1/Jenkinsville2.05.1
Nov. 9/Centerville1.53.8
Nov. 16/Arial2.25.4
Dec. 20/Ladson1.12.8
Dec. 27/Lugoff3.33.2
Dec. 27/Lugoff2.52.4
Dec. 27/Elgin2.10.7
Dec. 27/Lugoff1.74.9
Dec. 29/Elgin2.31.6
Dec. 30/Elgin2.52.5
Dec. 30/Elgin2.43.8
Jan. 3/Lugoff2.52.7
Jan. 5/Lugoff2.60.5
Jan. 5/Lugoff1.57.0
Jan. 9/Ladson1.42.9
Jan. 11/Elgin1.75.4
Jan. 11/Lugoff2.03.2
Jan. 11/Elgin1.35.0
Jan. 15/Elgin1.83.5
Jan. 19/Elgin1.95.0
Jan. 21/Elgin1.94.8

Jan. 27/Lugoff

2.11.0
Feb. 2/Elgin1.53.9
March 4/Elgin1.82.8
March 9/Elgin2.23.6
March 11/Camden2.11.2
March 27/Lugoff2.11.9
March 28/Centerville0.92.9
April 7/Elgin2.02.9
April 8/Centerville1.63.6
April 22/Ladson1.13.5
April 22/Taylors2.22.3
May 9/Elgin3.33.1
May 9/Elgin1.62.9
May 9/Elgin1.784.1
May 9/Elgin2.13.7
May 9/Elgin2.95.6
May 10/Elgin2.33.9
May 10/Elgin2.86.2

This story was originally published May 11, 2022 7:40 AM.

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