Welcome Visitor. Today is Monday, August 15, 2022. Sign-on
Follow Us On Facebook
2.6 earthquake hits West Kentucky
Jennifer Rukavina with New Madrid Zone map - May 2010.

We reported that a recent study by the USGS said that the New Madrid Fault is still active. The new report contradicts an earlier study that opined that the New Madrid Fault was weakening. The report turns out to remarkably prescient.

On Sunday, a tremor measured at 2.6 on the Richter Scale hit the region. LaCenter in Ballard County was the epicenter of the quake. LaCenter is 15 miles from Paducah.

While 2.6 is not even worth mentioning in California, it's a matter of concern in a portion of the country that suffered the largest quake in American history a little over 200 years ago. The New Madrid Quake that began in 1812 was so large it rang bells in Baltimore and sent the Mississippi River running backward. Fortunately, population density was small at the time and loss of life was minimal. That would not be the case in 2014.

The 2.6 of this weekend is evidence that the New Madrid Zone is not dead, it's just been snoozing.

While West Coast earthquake zones are said to release energy with small quakes, reducing the chances of a major quake, there is not a consensus that the New Madrid Zone works that way. The geology of the region is very different. 

In May 2010, Jennifer Rukavina, meteorologist at WPSD Channel 6 told a Clinton audience that there's a 7-10% chance of a 7+ earthquake along the New Madrid fault in the next fifty years. That's the prediction of geologists in Memphis studying the fault. Chances of a quake at 6 or below in the next 50 years? 25-40%.


Printer-friendly format

Do you know someone else who would like to see this?
Your Email:
Their Email:
(Will be included with e-mail)
Secret Code

In the box below, enter the Secret Code exactly as it appears above *


website hit 
Powered by Bondware
News Publishing Software

The browser you are using is outdated!

You may not be getting all you can out of your browsing experience
and may be open to security risks!

Consider upgrading to the latest version of your browser or choose on below: