Small earthquake, multiple aftershocks reported in central South Carolina

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A mild earthquake and multiple aftershocks were felt Monday in central South Carolina.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the initial quake, which hit at 2:18 p.m. in Kershaw County near Elgin, registered a magnitude 2.5 and reportedly rattled window panes and disrupted wildlife. The USGS later revised it to a 3.3 magnitude quake.

Two aftershocks occurred in the same general area, one a magnitude 2.5 at 5:38 p.m. and another magnitude 2.1 at 6:22 p.m., the USGS said. No injuries or major damage was reported after any of the quakes.

Reports said the first quake caused a sound similar to a heavy construction vehicle. It shook homes, causing glass doors and windows to clatter in their frames and prompting dogs to bark.

People reported feeling tremors throughout the Columbia area and as far away as Lexington, about 40 miles southwest of the epicenter.

Federal officials say two dozen earthquakes have been reported in South Carolina this year.

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