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Reports: Newly discovered fault behind last year’s East Coast quake

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Posted at 8:39 PM, Aug 22, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-22 23:55:12-04

Thursday marks one year since a magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook Virginia causing millions in damage.

Now we’re learning a newly discovered fault link is behind the quake.

The quake centered on Louisa County Virginia, closing schools, damaging homes, and leaving lots to clean up.

Since last August, more than 1,000 aftershocks have been recorded but only about 200 of them could be felt by people.

Still, the new fault means we could see more quakes.

“There's a very good chance that there will be an earthquake sometime in the future that will be larger than this one, but we really don't have much of a record to say,” says Dr. David Spears, a Virginia State Geologist.