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A geologist is speculating that water seeping deep into the ground may have led to a multitude of earthquakes in the middle part of the state since December, according to the Associated Press.  

More than 60 earthquakes have been reported since December between Lugoff and Elgin, an area about 20 miles northeast of Columbia. 

“What I’m thinking is contributing to all these earthquakes was the month, to month-and-a-half of very high water levels we had,” geologist Pradeep Talwani, a leading authority on the impact of water on seismic activity, told The State newspaper of Columbia. “Those pressure pulses are going into these fractures.”

In other recent news:

Gas prices continue to fall beneath $4. In multiple areas around S.C., gas prices have fallen below $4, with gas prices continuing to decrease around the nation.

State courts to battle over abortion rights. As state lawmakers consider abortion proposals that are more restrictive than a six-week fetal heartbeat ban now in place in South Carolina, abortion rights supporters have turned to state courts to protect women’s reproductive health through the state’s constitutional right to privacy.

Four killed in Indiana mall shooting. The attack took place Sunday at the Greenwood Park Mall Plaza before an armed man killed the assailant. Meanwhile in a blistering report on the fatal Uvalde school shooting, experts say that the police response should have involved more law enforcement acting more quickly.

Judge blocks LGBTQ protections at work, schools. A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked enforcement of two Biden administration policies in 20 red states (including S.C.) protecting LGBTQ people in schools and workplaces from discrimination.

New Charleston development offers first slate of units this fall. The $160 million dollar multifamily development on the Charleston peninsula is nearing its competition and will begin opening its first one and two bedroom units to the public this September.

Charleston sea wall heads through Congress, locals weary. The projected $1.1 billion concrete wall would stretch over 8 miles of Charleston’s peninsula, reducing storm damage up to 10 times its price tag, but some locals have their doubts.

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