Lowcountry residents can get an eerie, modern day glimpse Tuesday of what it would be like if the Great Charleston Earthquake of 1886 struck again.
A team of researchers from New Zealand present findings from the 2010-2011 quake sequences there. A destructive 7.1 magnitude quake in the Christchurch area in 2010 was followed by a deadly 6.3 in 2011; the second temblor was considered an aftershock.
"The Christchurch experience is the best example I have found of a modern earthquake that has the same type of geological, engineering, social, economic and political effects one would expect from an earthquake in our region," said Steve Jaume, College of Charleston geologist.
The presentation takes place 10 a.m.-noon, in room 129 at the college's School of Science and Mathematics Building, 202 Calhoun St. and is open to the public.
The 1886 quake is thought to have been 7.3 magnitude. Centered under the Ashley River near Summerville, it killed 100 people, leveled nine of every 10 brick buildings in Charleston and damaged nine of every 10 in Summerville.