New Madrid http://news.stlpublicradio.org en A second earthquake of the day occurs in southeastern Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/second-earthquake-day-occurs-southeastern-missouri <p>The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that, in addition to<a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-february-21-2012"> the 4.0 magnitude earthquake </a>centered near East Prairie, Mo.&nbsp;early this morning, <a href="http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Quakes/usb00083b6.php">a second, smaller earthquake originated today</a> near the same location in t<a href="http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/topics.php?topicID=71&amp;topic=New%20Madrid%20Seismic%20Zone">he New Madrid Seismic Zone</a>.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:09:42 +0000 Kelsey Proud 3115 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A second earthquake of the day occurs in southeastern Missouri Central U.S. marks 200th anniversary of New Madrid quakes with earthquake drill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/central-us-marks-200th-anniversary-new-madrid-quakes-earthquake-drill <p><a href="http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/">The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut</a> is an annual event intended to raise awareness about what to do in the event of a major earthquake.</p><p>Steve Besemer of the Missouri Emergency Management Agency says in Missouri and Illinois, more than 900,000 people, most of them students, participated in today&#39;s drill.</p><p>He says if an earthquake hits, there are three simple steps people should follow.</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 23:51:30 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 3029 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Central U.S. marks 200th anniversary of New Madrid quakes with earthquake drill 200 years after the New Madrid earthquakes, the legends live on http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/200-years-after-new-madrid-earthquakes-legends-live <p>Friday, Dec. 16, marks the 200<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the first of the New Madrid earthquakes, a series of large tremors centered in northeastern Arkansas and southeastern Missouri.</p><p>The earthquakes of 1811 and 1812 were so big, legend has it, they made the Mississippi River run backwards.</p><p>Seismologist Susan Hough of the <a href="http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/">U.S. Geological Survey</a> in Pasadena, Calif., says that&rsquo;s actually true &ndash; at least where the fault crosses underneath the river channel.</p> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 22:00:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 2686 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 200 years after the New Madrid earthquakes, the legends live on At New Madrid fault, shaky guesses on next quake http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-madrid-fault-shaky-guesses-next-quake The magnitude-5.8 earthquake that rattled the eastern U.S. on Tuesday took everyone — even geologists — by surprise. But even when there are reasons to think an earthquake could be around the corner, scientists still can't make good predictions.<p>It has now been 200 years since the last major earthquakes rocked the New Madrid Seismic Zone — a fault system that runs down the central U.S. through parts of Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee. Sat, 27 Aug 2011 09:37:00 +0000 1951 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org At New Madrid fault, shaky guesses on next quake Missouri participates in national earthquake drill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-participates-national-earthquake-drill <p>The <a href="http://www.fema.gov/">Federal Emergency Management Agency</a> is holding <a href="http://www.fema.gov/media/fact_sheets/nle2011_fs.shtm">drills across six states</a> this week to see how prepared they are for a major earthquake along the <a href="http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2009/3071/">New Madrid fault</a>.</p><p>FEMA is teaming up with the military, as well as local hospitals, shelters and morgues for the simulation.</p><p><a href="http://www.fema.gov/about/bios/bfreeman.shtm">Beth Freeman</a> is the FEMA regional administrator for Missouri and several neighboring states.</p> Thu, 19 May 2011 22:28:01 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 1275 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri participates in national earthquake drill SLPS students use Great ShakeOut to practice earthquake preparedness http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/slps-students-use-great-shakeout-practice-earthquake-preparedness <p>Students at <a href="http://slpshs.schoolwires.net/carnahanhs/site/default.asp">Carnahan High School of the Future </a>in south St. Louis were front and center today in a national earthquake preparedness drill.</p><p>Governor Jay Nixon, Congressman Russ Carnahan, and two members of President Obama&#39;s cabinet - education secretary Arne Duncan and Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano - watched as the 19 students in Lucy Duffey&#39;s class dropped to the ground, covered their heads, and held onto tables in the library.</p> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 21:39:02 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 1064 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org SLPS students use Great ShakeOut to practice earthquake preparedness Threat of earthquakes to St. Louis region "real," says FEMA's Fugate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/threat-earthquakes-st-louis-region-real-says-femas-fugate <p>Some scientists say risks of <a href="http://www.newmadrid2011.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=13&amp;Itemid=24">another major earthquake from the New Madrid fault</a> are minimal.</p><p>But FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate insists the threat to the St. Louis region is real.</p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 22:38:25 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 520 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Threat of earthquakes to St. Louis region "real," says FEMA's Fugate 200 years later, what's shaking in the New Madrid Seismic Zone? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/200-years-later-whats-shaking-new-madrid-seismic-zone <p>Tomorrow marks the St. Louis kickoff of the <a href="http://www.newmadrid2011.org/">bicentennial events </a>commemorating the earthquakes that struck the New Madrid Seismic Zone in 1811-12.&nbsp; You’ve probably heard stories about those quakes: that church bells rang in Boston, that the Mississippi River ran backwards. Much of that, it turns out, is legend.&nbsp; So what <em>do</em> we know about the New Madrid fault and the risk it poses to the modern Midwest?</p><p> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 14:48:07 +0000 Libby Franklin 497 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 200 years later, what's shaking in the New Madrid Seismic Zone?