At about 9:50 p.m. on Aug. 31, 1886, the largest earthquake ever recorded on the U.S. East Coast struck Charleston. Estimated to have registered between 7.2 to 7.4 on today's Reichter Scale, the quake could be felt as far away as Chicago, New York, Cuba and Bermuda. The motion caused church bells to ring in Asheville, N.C. Buildings crubmled and trains fell off their twisted tracks. Learn more and see some amazing photographs on this segment of WCIV-TV's I Love the Lowcountry with Leigh Handal.
Many of the buildings that were destroyed as a result of the quake are included on the Lost Charleston Tours. Join us to learn more about this catastrophic event.