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Comprehensive Trademark Search

For many entrepreneurs, this is the first and most crucial step to take when it’s time to safeguard your business and intellectual property. Your trademark attorney in Ladson will conduct a thorough search of the USPTO Federal Trademark Database and each U.S state’s trademark database. We will also perform a trademark domain name search and a trademark common law search on your behalf. We will follow up with a 30-minute phone call, where we will discuss the results of our trademark search and send you a drafted legal opinion letter.

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U.S. Trademark Cease & Desist

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Statement of Use

If you plan on using your mark in commerce, you must file a Statement of Use to notify the USPTO. This filing must take place six months after you receive your Notice of Allowance. For an affordable flat-rate fee, your trademark attorney in Ladson will make any requisite filings on your behalf. Before you decide on a course of action, we encourage you to contact our office at (843) 654-0078 to speak with one of our attorneys. This consultation will help us get a better understanding of your situation and is always free and confidential.

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Coastal Carolina Fair returns to Ladson with rides, games, sideshows after pandemic hiatus

LADSON — After a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lowcountry’s Coastal Carolina Fair returns to Ladson Exchange Park this fall.The fair will return for its typical 11 days of midway rides, concessions, exhibitions and games from Oct. 28 through Nov. 7.In addition to the typical fanfare, there will be three days of bull riding and a new nightly laser show. Local talent will be on display in agriculture and arts and craf...

LADSON — After a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lowcountry’s Coastal Carolina Fair returns to Ladson Exchange Park this fall.

The fair will return for its typical 11 days of midway rides, concessions, exhibitions and games from Oct. 28 through Nov. 7.

In addition to the typical fanfare, there will be three days of bull riding and a new nightly laser show. Local talent will be on display in agriculture and arts and crafts exhibits, and entertainment will be provided in the form of sideshow attractions, such as a fiddle contest, Motown music performance by the Motortown All-Stars and a stunt dog show.

A schedule has not been finalized but will be available at coastalcarolinafair.org/events.

Masking and social distancing is recommended for the first Coastal Carolina Fair back since the onset of COVID-19.

There will be 37 hand-washing stations and 80 hand-sanitizing stations throughout the fairgrounds, in addition to UV air purification systems inside buildings and a deep cleansing of high-touch areas.

There is also a new clear bag policy limiting the size and type of bags that can brought inside the gates. Metal detectors will be used upon entry, and no weapons are allowed per usual.

In 2019, there were 243,864 attendees at the fair.

“As we have in the past, the health and safety of our patrons will continue to be a major focus,” said Coastal Carolina Fair Chairman of Media and Press Relations Gary Leonard.

“Fair staff, contractors, vendors and volunteers have also implemented additional health and safety procedures,” he added. “However, fair patrons must do their part to protect their health by reading signage (in English and Spanish) and following national, state and local health recommendations and protocols.”

The SC State Fair also announced its plan for an October return after a drive-thru pivot last year due to the pandemic.

General manager Nancy Smith suggested following any DHEC and CDC recommendations, as does Leonard at the Coastal Carolina Fair.

“We strongly encourage all fairgoers to evaluate their own potential risk of exposure to COVID-19 before choosing to attend, knowing that vaccines remain the best protection from the virus,” Smith said at a news conference in August.

Tickets to the Coastal Carolina Fair can be purchased at the gate. Discounts will be available in advance online at coastalcarolinafair.org/tickets and at local Circle K stores. Advance ticket prices are $10 adults, $6 children ages 6-12, free ages 5 and under and $23 ride wristbands, good for any day.

Starting Oct. 28, prices will rise to $12 adults, $7 children ages 6-12, free ages 5 and under, $25 ride wristbands Monday through Friday and $35 ride wristbands Saturday and Sunday.

There will also be two special deals ticket days. Oct. 29 is military and first responders appreciation day for active duty, retired, veteran and reservists along with law enforcement, firefighters and EMTs. They will be admitted free with one guest.

Free admission will be offered Nov. 1 with a copy of the Oct. 31 Post and Courier newspaper front page. One person is permitted per front page.

The Coastal Carolina Fair began in 1957.

Terremoto leve mag. 3.3 - 5.3 miles SSE of Summerville, Dorset County, South Carolina, USA, lunes, 27 sep 2021 18:21 (GMT -4) -

27 Sep 22:25 UTC: Primero en informar: VolcanoDiscovery después de 3 minutos.27 Sep 22:29: Ahora usando una nueva fuente de datos: USGS27 Sep 22:50: Magnitud recalculada de 2.9 a 3.3. Profundidad recalculada de 9.5 a 6.4 km (de 5.9 a 4 mi). Ubicación del epicentro corregida 8.4 km (5.2 mi) al N.27 Sep 23:13: Profundidad recalculada de 6.4 a 6.8 km (de 4 a 4.2 mi).Small magnitude 3.3 quake hits 5 miles southeast of Summerville, South Carolina, United States early evening A ...

27 Sep 22:25 UTC: Primero en informar: VolcanoDiscovery después de 3 minutos.27 Sep 22:29: Ahora usando una nueva fuente de datos: USGS27 Sep 22:50: Magnitud recalculada de 2.9 a 3.3. Profundidad recalculada de 9.5 a 6.4 km (de 5.9 a 4 mi). Ubicación del epicentro corregida 8.4 km (5.2 mi) al N.27 Sep 23:13: Profundidad recalculada de 6.4 a 6.8 km (de 4 a 4.2 mi).

Small magnitude 3.3 quake hits 5 miles southeast of Summerville, South Carolina, United States early evening

A magnitude 3.3 earthquake near Summerville, Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA, was reported 32 minutes ago by the United States Geological Survey, considered the key international and national agency that monitors seismic activity in the US. The earthquake occurred at a very shallow depth of 4 miles beneath the epicenter early evening on Monday, September 27th, 2021, at 6:21 pm local time. Magnitude and other quake parameters can still change in the coming hours as the agency continues to process seismic data.Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 3.3 as well.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 Centerville (pop. 5,300) located 4 miles from the epicenter, Ladson (pop. 13,800) 4 miles away, and Summerville (pop. 48,800) 5 miles away.Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Goose Creek (pop. 40,600) located 7 miles from the epicenter, Hanahan (pop. 18,000) 8 miles away, North Charleston (pop. 108,300) 12 miles away, and Mt. Pleasant (pop. 81,300) 20 miles away.

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Fecha & hora: 27 Sep 2021 22:21:57 UTC - hace 2 semanasHora local al epicentro: lunes, 27 sep 2021 18:21 (GMT -4) Magnitud: 3.3 Prof.: 6.8 km Epicentro latitud / longitud: 32.944°N / 80.154°W↗ (Condado de Dorchester, Carolina del Sur, Estados Unidos) Antipode: 32.944°S / 99.846°ENearby towns and cities:6 km al SSE de Centerville (pop: 5,290) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!6 km al SO de Ladson (pop: 13,800) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!9 km al SSE de Summerville (pop: 48,800) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!12 km al OSO de Goose Creek (pop: 40,600) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!13 km al ONO de Hanahan (pop: 18,000) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!19 km al ONO de North Charleston (pop: 108,300) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!32 km al ONO de Mt. Pleasant (pop: 81,300) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!130 km al NE de Savannah (Georgia) (pop: 145,700) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!143 km al SE de Columbia (pop: 133,800) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!719 km al SSO de Washington (District of Columbia) (pop: 601,700) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!

Weather at epicenter at time of quake: Few Clouds 25.9°C (79 F), humidity: 64%, wind: 5 m/s (10 kts) from SSW

Fuente primaria de datos: USGS (United States Geological Survey) Energía liberada estimada: 5.6 x 109 joules (1.56 MWh, equivalente a 1.34 toneladas de TNT) Más info

Sismo débil mag. 2.8 - Berkeley County, 1.9 miles NNE of Summerville, Dorset County, South Carolina, USA, lunes, 27 sep 2021 12:49 (GMT -4) -

27 Sep 16:55 UTC: Primero en informar: USGS después de 6 minutos.27 Sep 17:14: Magnitud recalculada de 2.5 a 2.8. Profundidad recalculada de 0.7 a 6.0 km (de 0.4 a 3.7 mi). Ubicación del epicentro corregida 17 km (10.8 mi) al SE. Fecha & hora: 27 Sep 2021 16:49:14 UTC -Magnitud: 2.8 Prof.: 6.0 km Epicentro latitud / longitud: 33.04367°N / 80.163°W...

27 Sep 16:55 UTC: Primero en informar: USGS después de 6 minutos.27 Sep 17:14: Magnitud recalculada de 2.5 a 2.8. Profundidad recalculada de 0.7 a 6.0 km (de 0.4 a 3.7 mi). Ubicación del epicentro corregida 17 km (10.8 mi) al SE.

Fecha & hora: 27 Sep 2021 16:49:14 UTC -

Magnitud: 2.8 Prof.: 6.0 km Epicentro latitud / longitud: 33.04367°N / 80.163°W↗ (Condado de Berkeley, Carolina del Sur, Estados Unidos) Antipode: 33.044°S / 99.837°ENearby towns and cities:3 km al NNE de Summerville (pop: 48,800) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!8 km al NO de Ladson (pop: 13,800) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!14 km al ONO de Goose Creek (pop: 40,600) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!19 km al NO de Hanahan (pop: 18,000) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!22 km al SO de Moncks Corner (pop: 9,870) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!27 km al NO de North Charleston (pop: 108,300) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!39 km al NO de Mt. Pleasant (pop: 81,300) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!134 km al SE de Columbia (pop: 133,800) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!138 km al NE de Savannah (Georgia) (pop: 145,700) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!709 km al SSO de Washington (District of Columbia) (pop: 601,700) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!

Weather at epicenter at time of quake: Clear Sky 27.7°C (82 F), humidity: 59%, wind: 0 m/s (0 kts)

Fuente primaria de datos: USGS (United States Geological Survey) Energía liberada estimada: 1 x 109 joules (278 kWh, equivalente a 0.239 toneladas de TNT) Más info

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At magnitude 2.8, this quake might have been felt very close to the epicenter and under calm conditions.

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603 N Maple St, Summerville 29483 / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s : Felt like someone hit my house....the whole house shook and sounded like a soft booming noise | 4 users found this interesting.

near Summerville, Dorchester, South Carolina (17.5 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : It shifted everything including my body and my house. The dog was laying on the floor and he moved back and forth. It felt like something hit me and bounced back. It felt like a force field.. it was a weird feeling | One user found this interesting.

Sangaree, Berkeley, South Carolina (1.8 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : I was outside reading and I could see the building move a little (thought my eyes were playing tricks on me)

Goose Creek : Heard the screen door rattle, felt a mild shaking for maybe about a second. Two, max. Another one came later in the day that was a stronger feeling "boom", but also fairly mild. That's the one I was looking for when I found this page.

Cane Bay Summerville (9.9 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : I was outside at the time so did not notice the shaking.

Nexton, Summerville, SC / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating : I was lying in bed when my house suddenly shifted (almost like a dip) like something hit my home. Windows were rattling as well. Very startlingly, never felt anything like this before. My nerves are bad right now!

Marietta, ga (420.1 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s : Felt weak lateral movement of the bed I was laying on. It only lasted about 15 seconds and most likely would not have been felt by someone driving a car. If I wasn’t laying down I probably wouldn’t have felt it. My husband said he did not feel it. Wei

Two Hitch Rd , Goose Creek, SC 29445 (8.3 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Sitting on my couch it felt like a 'soft boom' is the best I can describe. The light fixture in my dining room rattled as well as the glasses in my china cabinet. It only last a few seconds.

Wescott Plantation (11.2 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / very short : Was at home on the second floor laying in bed and felt/heard a single small shake come through the house, like a ripple.

Goose Creek (13.6 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / very short

13 nights of Halloween in Charleston with these spooky and fun fall celebrations

Fall is here, spooky season is upon us and Charleston will celebrate.Whether you’re looking to hit up the pumpkin patch, get spooked on a haunted hayride or party it up in costume, here are 13 ways to celebrate autumn’s arrival and Halloween’s advent in the Lowcountry.1. Boone Hall Fright NightsPrepare for a scare at the area’s haunted house extraordinaire. Boone Hall Fright Nights is running at a limited capacity on Thursdays through Sundays for the rest of the month.This year’s th...

Fall is here, spooky season is upon us and Charleston will celebrate.

Whether you’re looking to hit up the pumpkin patch, get spooked on a haunted hayride or party it up in costume, here are 13 ways to celebrate autumn’s arrival and Halloween’s advent in the Lowcountry.

1. Boone Hall Fright Nights

Prepare for a scare at the area’s haunted house extraordinaire. Boone Hall Fright Nights is running at a limited capacity on Thursdays through Sundays for the rest of the month.

This year’s three attractions featuring a bevy of scare actors and spooky scenes are the Fallen Oaks Motel, Tiny’s Toy Factory and the Sinister Cinema Haunted Hayride.

WHEN: 6:30-10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, 6:30-midnight Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 14-17, 21-24, 28-31

WHERE: Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, 235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant

PRICE: $35 Scream Pass, $55 VIP Faster to the Fear Pass, individual attraction tickets only sold in person for $18 each

2. Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch

It’s pumpkin-picking time and while there is an array of pop-up patches across the Lowcountry, one of the largest is at Boone Hall. The pumpkin patch not only serves as a place to select your gourd, but a fall festival as well.

There is a family-friendly monster hayride, petting zoo and corn maze, with inflatables and food vendors also on-site.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 12-6 p.m. Sundays Oct. 15-17, 22-24, 28-30

WHERE: Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, 235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant

PRICE: $12 ages 2 and up

3. Boogieman Halloween Festival at Royal

The Royal American will host an outdoor music festival featuring more than 15 bands on Halloween. The costume extravaganza will have two stages and music all afternoon and evening long.

Headliners are local hip-hop duo Little Stranger and Philly rock band Mo Lowda & The Humble.

WHEN: 1-11 p.m. Oct. 31

WHERE: The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive, downtown

PRICE: $50

4. Coastal Carolina Fair

The Coastal Carolina Fair will be back after a gap year with rides, food vendors and games galore at the Ladson Exchange Park. Among announced performances are an all-star stunt dog show and country performance by Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, with more to be released closer to the event.

Hand sanitizing and washing stations will be available, and the fair recommends following masking and social distancing CDC and DHEC guidelines. The organization hosted its first fair in 1957.

WHEN: Oct. 28-Nov. 7

WHERE: Ladson Exchange Park, 9850 U.S. Highway 78, Ladson

PRICE: Discount prices through Oct. 27 are $10 adults general admission, $6 kids ages 6-12, free kids 5 and under, $23 rides wristband; Prices after Oct. 27 are $12 adults general admission, $7 kids ages 6-12, free kids 5 and under, $25-$35 ride wristbands; Free admission Nov. 1 with copy of Sunday’s Post and Courier

5. “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at The Terrace

The Terrace Theater will keep its “Rocky Horror Picture Show” tradition alive this Halloween with screenings alongside a drag performance by Dudley’s on Ann’s Brooke Collins. It’s time to do the “Time Warp.” Costumes are encouraged, so dress up as Frank N. Furter, Magenta and your other favorite wacky, wild and wonderful characters from the 1975 horror musical.

WHEN: 11 p.m. Oct. 29, 30

WHERE: Terrace Theater, 1956D Maybank Highway, James Island

PRICE: $15

6. The Alley ’70s Halloween Party

Studio 300, an annual nominee for Best Party of the Year in the Charleston City Paper, is back for its eighth installment. This year’s extravaganza at The Alley will be ’70s-themed.

The downtown bowling alley will take a step back in time as a DJ spins disco classics, along with hit tracks. There will also be a haunted house equipped with scare actors from flicks like “Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Halloween.”

General admission tickets include cocktails, beer and wine; complimentary appetizers; free bowling and arcade games; haunted house access and a photo booth.

WHEN: 9 p.m. Oct. 29

WHERE: The Alley, 131 Columbus St., downtown

PRICE: $80

7. North Charleston Harvest Festival

This free fall festival will feature live music, an artist market, costume contests, trick-or-treating on the street, a pop-up pumpkin patch, food and drink vendors and a kids’ zone.

PopRockCult will play, while human and pet costume contests ensue. And there’ll be on-site decorating stations near the pumpkin patch.

There are also fall festivals happening in Goose Creek, Ladson, Summerville, Mount Pleasant and other area townships. Check your local listings for what’s close by!

WHEN: 4-7 p.m. Oct. 23

WHERE: Olde Village, E. Montague Ave. near Park Circle, North Charleston

PRICE: Free

8. Halloween Cover Show at Lo-Fi

Lo-Fi Brewing will host a Halloween cover show featuring three Charleston bands. Canopy Hands will cover Steely Dan, Orange Doors will take on Neutral Milk Hotel and Newgrounds Death Rugby will perform The Cure.

There will be Lo-Fi beers on tap all night.

There will also be a belated Halloween cover show featuring local bands at the Tin Roof on Nov. 7 for those looking to celebrate on a different night. Just an excuse to wear your costume again!

WHEN: 8:30-11:30 p.m. Oct. 29

WHERE: Lo-Fi Brewing, 2038 Meeting Street Road, downtown

PRICE: $10 advance, $15 day of show

9. Haunted Halloween Pub Crawl

The Original Pub & Brewery Tours of Charleston is bringing a wicked adventure during the month of October. The Haunted Pub Crawl will take groups on walking tours throughout downtown Charleston as the guide regales them with spooky stories, odd tales and local legends.

There will be light appetizers and pub stops along the way.

WHEN: 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily through Oct. 31

WHERE: Departing from Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub, 160 Church St., downtown

PRICE: $48

10. Lowcountry Halloween Fest

This kid-friendly festival at the Citadel Mall will feature trick-or-treating, vendors, a petting zoo, balloon art, face painting, activity zones and character meet and greets.

The first 1,500 trick-or-treaters are guaranteed candy, and there will be costume prizes.

WHEN: 12-6 p.m. Oct. 24

WHERE: Citadel Mall, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., West Ashley

PRICE: Free

11. Music in Tha Park Jenkins Institute Fall Festival

There will be free fried fish and red rice, along with music from DJ Terry Base, for this fall festival. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

WHEN: 3-6 p.m. Oct. 30

WHERE: Jenkins Orphanage, 3923 Azalea Drive, North Charleston

PRICE: Free

12. The Ladies of Trio Drag Brunch Halloween Special

Halloween is a Sunday this year, which means brunch. To celebrate in a spooky but sweet way, there will be a drag brunch Halloween special at Trio featuring the cast of “HalloQUEEN”: Brooke Collins, Juliana Jade, Shariese Ses Pieces and Medusa Chaos, with a halftime performance by Scarlette Ray.

WHEN: 12:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 31

WHERE: Trio, 139 Calhoun St., downtown

PRICE: $20 general admission

13. “Hocus Pocus” at The Restoration

If you’re looking to catch a spooky flick to get in the Halloween mood, try “Hocus Pocus” at The Restoration. There’ll be a screening of the holiday classic starring the Sanderson Sisters on the rooftop.

Admission includes your choice of popcorn or movie candy.

You can also catch drive-in Halloween flicks at The Terrace to satiate your hankering for a scare, with “The Blair Witch Project” and “Hereditary” slated for Oct. 22-24 and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Halloween” playing Oct. 29-31.

WHEN: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 28

WHERE: The Restoration, 75 Wentworth St., downtown

PRICE: $15

Ladson area records two earthquakes in one morning; experts point to increased monitoring

SUMMERVILLE — In less than a week, the area surrounding the Golf Club at Westcott Plantation in the Ladson area recorded three minor earthquakes.But experts said it’s not something residents should start sounding an alarm over.“You’re seeing the result of increased monitoring,” said Steven Jaume, a professor with the College of Charleston’s Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences.On July 16 at around 11 p.m., a 2 magnitude earthquake was recorded near Dunbury Drive in Summe...

SUMMERVILLE — In less than a week, the area surrounding the Golf Club at Westcott Plantation in the Ladson area recorded three minor earthquakes.

But experts said it’s not something residents should start sounding an alarm over.

“You’re seeing the result of increased monitoring,” said Steven Jaume, a professor with the College of Charleston’s Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences.

On July 16 at around 11 p.m., a 2 magnitude earthquake was recorded near Dunbury Drive in Summerville. Later on July 22, two more were listed near the same area — 1.3 magnitude temblor near Thornton Drive and a 1.1 minor earthquake near Oak Leaf Road.

The three reports aren’t unusual since the area regularly sees small movements, Jaume said. There was also one that took place on July 21, but experts said it was too small to be recorded.

“Most of them go unreported because they’re too small,” Jaume said.

More survey materials mean recordings of these events will likely increase. Jaume, along with his colleagues at C of C and Georgia Tech, installed four permanent seismometers in the area, one of which streams data live.

Seismometers are used to track the motion of the ground during an earthquake. The additional monitors by Jaume and his colleagues were funded by the U.S. Geological Survey.

A similar program was planned 10 years ago with Virginia Tech. That equipment had to be taken to Virginia following the 5.8-magnitude temblor in that state in 2011.

But the main reason gathering that data is so important dates back to the 1886 quake in the Charleston area that led to the death of 100 people. It was a 7.3-magnitude temblor regarded as the largest earthquake in the Southeast.

Nine of every 10 brick buildings were leveled in Charleston and nine of every 10 in Summerville were damaged.

Experts still aren’t precisely aware where the fault is since the earthquake happened before the use of seismometers. The increased monitoring will help with that.

It will also help builders make better earthquake preparations.

“We don’t have the level of detail we would like to have,” Jaume said.

If residents do feel an earthquake, they’re advised to report it to the U.S. Geological Survey at earthquake.usgs.gov/data/dyfi/ to help with data collection.

Though residents shouldn’t be alarmed by the recent earthquakes, experts said it is a reminder to be prepared for an inevitable larger event. They advise families to add earthquake preparations as part of their emergency preparedness kits.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division lists some helpful preparation tips on its website at scemd.org.

Unlike a hurricane, people can’t see an earthquake coming days in advance, Jaume said. So it’s best to be prepared.

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