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New Madrid quivers

January 25, 2010

Somehow, it isn’t particularly reassuring when Foreign Policy amid its Haiti coverage counts the New Madrid fault near Missouri’s bootheel as one of the world’s “little-noticed hot seismic hot spots across the globe.”

The New Madrid shook Boston when it last rumbled in 1812. It had three times the power of the 1906 San Francisco quake.

All four other hot spots mentioned by the magazine are outside the United States. For the rundown, click here.

New Madrid would wreak havoc on Memphis and St. Louis, and Indianapolis, even though it’s a couple of hundred miles away, wouldn’t escape harm in a big flare-up.

In the Midwest, it’s easy to kick the can ahead on earthquake preparation. Quakes always happen someplace else—or so it seems.

What are your feelings about nearly 200 years of silence out of New Madrid? Has your workplace ever discussed what do to in a quake?


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