They began almost as soon as the lake was built back in 1978. Earthquakes! They happen so often in one man made lake in South Carolina it has scientists scratching their heads.
Many people like to fish at Lake Monticello and don’t even notice what is happening underneath the surface. It’s called reservoir-induced seismocity and it only happens in man made lakes. The reservoir is built over rocks that have tiny fractures. The weight of the fractures combined with the water pressure causes the earthquakes.
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