The New Year has turned into a rocking year for the active Middleton fault.
A micro quake, registering 1.5 on the Richter scale, rolled Summerville at around 5 p.m. Monday. The epicenter was at Old Fort Dorchester Historic Site.
Since Jan. 1, the Middleton fault has shuddered three times now, with two micro quakes and one minor quake.
According to S.C. Earthquake Education & Preparedness Program, a repeat of the devastating 1886 earthquake is not likely (even if it is 2012). Quakes above 6.0 magnitude happen in the area about every 400-500 years. However, statistically there is a 1 in 400 chance that a large earthquake will occur each year.