As windows rattled, beds shook and bricks tumbled, Midwesterners inevitably reacted with shock, fear and even wonder at Friday’s series of earthquakes centered in southeastern Illinois and felt across a dozen states.

about the author
William Allen teaches science journalism at the University of Missouri at Columbia and leads the Agricultural Journalism Program. He reported on science, medicine and the environment for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from 1989-2002.