Tuesday, May 14, 2002

EDUCATION TIME!

so last night there was a 5.2 earthquake in the bay area. thankfully no one was hurt, that i know that is. anyway, time to pull a little cliff clavin on all of you. shayna was surprised just now when i told her that we had our basic drills in school - fire, tornado...and once a year we'd have an earthquake drill. yeah, that's right, earthquake. ya see, it's a little known fact....

that the worst earthquake in american history didn't occur in california, or even alaska. nosirree bob dixie! it occurred a mere 380 miles from my house. josh probably knows, the infamous new madrid faultline that runs through the bootheel of missouri. yep, december 16, 1811. there were three magnitude-8 earthquakes and thousands of aftershocks that rocked the region that winter. needless to say, the next time that fault goes nutso, i'll be feeling it. the probability of a moderate earthquake occurring in the new madrid seismic zone in the near future is high. scientists estimate that the probability of a magnitude 6 to 7 earthquake occurring in this seismic zone within the next 50 years is higher than 90%. such an earthquake could hit the mississippi valley at any time.

so now you all are better persons for knowing this. :)

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