Whole Lot Of Shakin' Goin' On

Is New Madrid Next?

There was a pretty good sized (5.6 magnitude) earthquake in central Oklahoma today, followed by numerous aftershocks.  Initial reports look like some mild building damage, but no injuries.  About 1,200 miles to the east is Louisa, Virginia, which was the epicenter for a 5.8 earthquake in August, and over 600 aftershocks since.  What do they have in common?  They bracket the New Madrid fault line which runs from Illinois to Arkansas, and was the location of the strongest earthquakes in US history in 1811-1812.  Those quakes are estimated to have reached 8.0 magnitude, and caused church bells to ring here in Richmond, nearly 800 miles away.  There was little damage and injury with those quakes, but only due to the sparse population of the area back then. 

Estimates of a major quake along that line now include 86,000 casualaties, including 3,500 fatalities; 715,000 damaged buildings; and 7.2 million people displaced, with 2 million of those seeking shelter, primarily due to the lack of utility services. Direct economic losses, according to the report, would be at least $300 billion. (full report)

With this Oklahoma quake, I'm actually a little worried that New Madrid might be building some activity, and these fault lines on the periphery are blowing off a little early warning steam.  I really encourage readers in the area to step up their quake-specific preps.  I'll touch on some of those things in the next couple days.

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- 23" Tall X 9" Square
- Made of PolyEthylene
- O-Rings control leaks
- Tested to 40 below
- Multiple colors
- Liquid level can be seen on the White Jug, but all others are opaque
- Quick, easy pouring and double handle design.
- Square design fits against walls and other flat surfaces
- Solid #2 High Density Poly Ethylene (Recyclable)
- Two inverted ribs to prevent swelling and expansion
- Accurate and consistent units of measure
- Durable plastic cap with 3/4" pipe plug for hose attachment.

Will not leach or disintegrate with use. SAFE FOR ALL LIQUIDS!

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