Posted by: Nic Butler, Ph.D. | 3 October 2013

The Great Southeast ShakeOut

The Lowcountry of South Carolina has experienced multiple earthquakes over the past three centuries, including a devastating 7.3 magnitude quake in 1886. Many of us in the Charleston area are aware of the potential for another strong quake to hit our community at any time, but few of us are prepared for such an event. On October 17th 2013 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is sponsoring a day of earthquake preparedness, called “The Great ShakeOut,” which will be observed in several earthquake-prone areas in the United States and around the world. Here in Charleston, many local institutions will be participating on that day in “The Great Southeast ShakeOut,” and we’re inviting you to get involved. Please join me on Thursday, October 17th for an illustrated overview of the damage and casualties caused in Charleston by past quakes, and a brief discussion of our community’s readiness for a future occurrence.

“Earthquakes in Charleston:

A Brief History and Survival Guide.”

Time: Thursday, October 17th 2013 at 6 p.m.

Place: Charleston County Public Library, Main Branch Auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street, 29401

 For more information, please contact Dr. Butler at butlern[at] or 843–805–6968.



  1. Looks like a great event about Charleston history. Cannot imagine such an event happening now.

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