Strongest Quake Strikes Near New Madrid Seismic Zone in Arkansas
By now most of you know about the New Madrid Seismic Zone in Northeast Arkansas on the Arkansas-Missouri border that seems to be ramping up on a daily basis.
Two days ago on Sept. 27, at approximately 3:30 in the morning near the state line of Missouri between the towns of Maynard and Corning in Arkansas, the strongest quake was felt by residents in the surrounding area known as the Ozark Plateau. The magnitude of the earthquake was 2.8 on the Richter scale and the epicenter had it measured at a depth of 6.7 miles, according to the United States Geological Survey.
Minor earthquakes happen in the area every year but over the last 30 days, there have been a total of 25 earthquakes in the New Madrid Seismic Zone. The last time Arkansas dealt with a major earthquake was in 1811-1812 and the quake was felt over an area of a million square miles as far away as Boston, Massachusettes.
Arkansas Prone for a Big One
Many scientists are saying the New Madrid Seismic Zone is prone to a big one that could cause massive destruction and devastation. The question remains is not where but just a matter of when. Authorities feel as though the region is not properly prepared if a major earthquake occurs in the area.
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