Research tries to pinpoint cracks that can cause SC quakes

June 01, 2019 - 11:14 am

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Scientists at the College of Charleston are getting ready for a project to map cracks deep underground and get a better idea where earthquakes may happen in South Carolina.

Geologist Scott Harris says the project will fly a plane in a grid pattern from Kingstree to Edisto Beach. An antenna on the tail of the plane will take magnetic sensor reading under the surface.

Research geophysicist Anji Shah told The Post and Courier of Charleston when the deep rock under the Lowcountry is cracked it will show up as a line. Where the lines converge is where an earthquake is more likely.

Researchers think this type of quake caused the 7.3 magnitude earthquake in 1886 that killed 100 people and leveled nine of every 10 brick buildings in Charleston.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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