Tuesday, February 21, 2012

New Madrid Region 4.0 Magnitude Earthquake Felt In Thirteen States

A 4.0 magnitude earthquake in the New Madrid Fault Region that was felt in thirteen states struck early today. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake hit at 3:58am local time (4:58am ET). Its epicenter was located a shallow 3.1 miles (5km) underground, about 150 miles (240km) south of St. Louis, near the New Madrid fault line.

Outside of Missouri, the temblor was felt in Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas and Indiana. Residents also reported feeling the ground shake in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Kansas and Oklahoma.

While the media is down playing this event, you need to be prepared,not scared and don't panic! Trust in the Lord with all your heart, not the government to help you in the event of a devastating disaster which is sure to come the closer we get to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous4:27 PM

    There is one simple and inexpensive earthquake preparedness item that many people living in areas where earthquakes weren't believed possible, but now are waking up to the possibility, might want to take into account. At home improvement stores, often in the water-heater or plumbing departments, they will have inexpensive narrow flexible metal strapping with holes evenly spaced the entire length, available for a few dollars for a ten to twenty foot length roll. This can be easily wrapped once around gas hot water heaters and the ends of it nailed or screwed into the wall joists nearest the hot water tank, to hold it in place and keep it from toppling over during intense shaking. If the hot water tank shakes and falls over, it can pull open the gas line and cause a major explosion and fire. But if it is strapped in, that lessens the chance of that happening. That same metal strapping can be used in shorter pieces to screw to the backside of tall heavy furniture pieces in the house (china cabinets, bookcases) and to the wall behind them, to keep them from toppling in a quake and hurting anyone standing, sitting or sleeping nearby if a quake unexpectedly occurs. Having a monkey wrench that fits the gas valve coming into the side of the house is also a good investment, because after a quake, if any broken gas line is suspected, the wrench kept near the main gas valve can be used to quickly turn it off. That might be the least expensive and easiest, quick to do household project one could take to insure that the house doesn't catch fire or explode as a result of major shaking. People living in non-earthquake prone areas of the country might not know that in more earthquake prone parts, gas water heater strapping in particular is required by code in all homes and commercial buildings because it can save lives and homes from burning.