The First Earthquake of the Year! A magnitude 2.6 Earthquake Shakes Summerville January 4, 2012
While this is the second small rumbler in the last month, there is no indication that this is unusual activity or any sort of precursor to more activity. The Summerville/North Charleston area, the location of the 1886 magnitude 7.0 earthquake, has experienced background earthquake activity of this type since 1886.
The number of background earthquakes varies each year, but there have been some years with none and some years with as many as 6 or 7, neither the lack of earthquake or the years with 6 or 7 indicate anything about the likelihood of a large earthquake. The simple fact that we continue to have these small earthquakes indicates that the faults are active and that we may experience a large earthquake in the future, however, there is no indication at this time that such an event is imminent.
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