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120th Anniversary of the 1886 Charleston Earthquake

By: palmettobug53, 11:31 PM GMT on August 27, 2006

Though I was just a lad at the time, I vividly recall the sensations of the moment and many heart-rending incidents of that night of terror. In view of the sharp intensity of the shock and its destroying affect, I do not hesitate to assert that the temblor which wrecked Charleston was more severe than that of April 18 last, and in relative destruction considerably worse.

It was about 9:50 o�clock on the evening of August 31, 1886, that the people of Charleston felt the quiverings of the first earthquake shock ever known in that part of the country. They had just returned from worship and not many had yet retired.

The day had been an exceedingly hot one and the evening was unusually sultry, with such a profound stillness in the air that it provoked general remark.

The temblor came lightly with a gentle vibration of the houses as when a cat trots across the floor; but a very few seconds of this and it began to come in sharp jolts and shocks which grew momentarily more violent until buildings were shaken as toys. Frantic with terror, the people rushed from the houses, and in so doing many lost their lives from falling chimneys or walls. With one mighty wrench, which did most of the damage, the shock passed. It had been accompanied by a low, rumbling noise, unlike anything ever heard before, and its duration was about one minute.

No need to tell of the horrors of that moment or of those succeeding. The fact that lighter shocks continued at frequent intervals throughout the long, dreary night kept the nerves of all keyed to such a high tension that it is not strange that several persons lost their reason.

Paul Pinckney in Lessons Learned from the Charleston Quake

Map showing extent of the 1886 Quake:

As you walk around the residential streets in downtown Charleston, you will see many old buildings that had earthquake rods installed after the 1886 quake. Some are decorative and some are plain. Once you know what to look for, you see them everywhere:

This is a collection of photos of the quake damage maintained at Saint Louis University.

Excerpt from City of Heroes: The Great Charleston Earthquake of 1886 by Richard Cot�

Damage at the Medical College of S.C., now called the Medical University of S.C. (My employer)

USGS: S.C. Earthquake Information

Earthquake Monitoring in S.C.

Updated: 4:10 PM GMT on August 31, 2011


The Grill Blog

By: palmettobug53, 2:17 AM GMT on August 02, 2006

In keeping with Dallas' blog series on "Staying Cool", let's take the cooking outside. With the temps so hot right now with these heat waves, no one wants to get in the kitchen and cook. Cold cuts and sandwiches get old after a while. Eating out gets expensive (never mind the gas to get there ) and some places even expect you to dress up. UGH! It's just too hot to bother!

The best way to avoid all that hassle, is to break out the grill or smoker. So, guys and gals, dig into your recipe files and share with us your grilling specialties! Marinades, rubs, homemade BBQ sauces, basting sauces, shish kabobs, steaks, chicken, fish, turkey, pork, beef, ribs, wings, roasts, burgers, veggies, fruits .... whatever your favorite is, share it with us. And if there is a side dish or salad, that is a must to accompany your house specialty, we want that, too!

Find a shady tree, put some cold drinks on ice, pull out the lawn chairs, throw something on the grill and let's visit, while we try to catch a breeze.

Here are some links with tons of recipes:

Nancy's Kitchen

Recipe America

Updated: 7:48 PM GMT on April 24, 2015


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