Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Midwest not earthquake free!

It's late. House was great. Bones was great. Future of Indiana not so great. According to LiveScience.com the midwest of the USA is due for a rude mood. Apparently Missouri was hit pretty hard back in the 1800's and "represent three of the four strongest earthquakes ever recorded in the lower 48."

"Strong earthquakes in the New Madrid seismic zone are certain to occur in the future," states a USGS fact sheet. "There is a 9-in-10 chance of a magnitude 6 to 7 temblor occurring in the New Madrid Seismic Zone within the next 50 years."

"The New Madrid fault's remarkable spree of shifts devastated the sparsely populated area at the time. Amazingly, the quakes were so strong they were felt in much of the country -- as far away as Boston. Damage was reported as far away as Charleston, South Carolina, and Washington, D.C."

The New Madrid fault line also ranks number 5 in LiveScience.com's Top 10 US Disaster Threats.