South Carolina’s earthquake preparedness varies by region

Emergency Management Alert, March 23, 2010

Although buildings on the coast of South Carolina are built to withstand a 7.3 magnitude earthquake, those in the upstate region are not held to such high standards, reports That region includes three-reactor Oconee Nuclear Station near Seneca, about 40 miles from Greenville.

All nuclear facilities in the country are required to have some earthquake resistance built in, but a reactor in California would be built to withstand larger earthquake, according to Generally, buildings in upstate South Carolina are built to withstand smaller earthquakes because the risk in that area for a larger earthquake is less than on the coast. Though hospitals are generally built to a higher code because they need to be functional after an event, some experts worry older buildings could collapse on people and cause an overwhelming influx of patients.


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