April 18th, 2008

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New Madrid Awakens?

One of my interests is the New Madrid fault line. It doesn't behave like the fault lines on the west coast. The big New Madrid quake was actually a series of earthquakes over a period of almost a year. It must have been quite terrifying.

My favorite part of the story (since I wasn't there at the time) is this part about fire in the sky, "Three large extraordinary fires, in the air, one appeared in an easterly direction, one in the north, and one in the south. Their continuance was several hours; their size as large as a house on fire; the motion of the blaze quite visible, but no sparks appeared."

There was a 5.2 earthquake last night in Southern Illinois. I hope it was an isolated incident. But the 'quake watcher in me can't help but wonder...

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A Real Pro

An Evansville, Indiana meteorologist was doing a weathercast when the earthquake hit. You can watch it online. The guy was amazing. He acknowledged the shaking and then continued his forecast. After the forecast he talked about earthquakes both generally and with specific information about the fault lines in his area. He was so together. He knew his stuff and he knew how to pronounce "New Madrid" correctly.

Click here to watch the video.

This just in: They just had a 4.5 aftershock.