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Micro Quake Shakes Summerville

Middleton fault off to an active start in 2012.

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 . 

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. 

IRENE LAPOINTE January 11, 2012 at 10:17 AM
I heard there was another one last week that was felt along Bacons Bridge Rd?
Lindsay Street January 11, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Irene, that was likely the Jan. 4 minor quake http://patch.com/A-pTr5

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