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Are there many fault lines in Georgia?

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Georgia contains many geological faults, most notably the Brevard Fault in the northern part of the state. None of these faults are active as of 2014.

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Are there many fault lines in Georgia?
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The Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia are evidence that in its distant past, the area was at the border of two tectonic plates. That is no longer true, and seismic activity in the state is infrequent. When earthquakes do occur in Georgia, they are typically the result of activity on a distant fault. The energy is transferred long distances through the interior of the tectonic plate. A series of this type of earthquake occurred in Georgia in 1811 and 1812. The epicenters of these quakes were several hundred miles away in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee.


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