Monday, April 8, 2013

Earthquakes Rattle Nerves in Local Area - WPSD

Earthquakes rattle nerves in local area

Reporter - Kendall Downing - WPSD-6

Story Created: Fri Apr 5, 2013 4:27 PM

PEMISCOT COUNTY, MO. - On shaky ground. Two tremors in the New Madrid Seismic Zone this week have people wondering if a big earthquake could be coming.

The two are considered minor. No damage has been reported from either.

Thursday night's quake struck around 7:27 local time. It was centered about six miles northeast of Caruthersville, Missouri and measured a 2.7 on the Richter Scale. Tuesday night a similar quake hit near Portageville, Missouri.

The U.S. Geological Survey considers the New Madrid Seismic Zone the most active in North America east of the Rockies.

But it's been about 100 years since a major earthquake hit this area. Still, the two recent quakes are leaving behind some rattled nerves.

The only thing getting shaken Friday in Caruthersville, Missouri is the salad at Grandad's Deli.

"It's a scary thought," said Sharon Russell, owner.

Russell said they were busy Thursday night and didn't notice the tremor.

"We were kind of rocking in this little place last night, so we didn't feel it," she said.

But now, the week's two tremors are the talk of the town. Alexis Avis shook with the first.

"The first one I felt, I was in bed. And I thought I could tell it was an earthquake," she said.

Avis said the two so close together put her on alert.

"New Madrid is always putting out a lot of small ones," said Dr. James Conder, Assistant Professor of Geology at SIU-Carbondale.

Dr. Conder believes there's really no reason for alarm but said it's natural for people to wonder.

"It really should spark some curiosity," he said.

Dr. Conder said some evidence shows the New Madrid may be running out of energy, and the recent quakes are its last breaths. But that's just a theory. He warns a larger one could hit at any time.  If it does, the damage region-wide could be catastrophic.

"We have very thick soils that shake like Jello, everything would get bounced around a lot," said Conder.

That's a circumstance Sharon Russell doesn't want to consider.

"How big does it have to be before you really feel the effects of it?" said Russell.

Professor Conder said researchers would become concerned if the frequency and intensity of those quakes increases in months and years to come. 

Drop, Cover, & Hold - Central United States Earthquake Consortium

Drop, Cover, & Hold

Whether you are in your home, a classroom, or a tall building, know how to protect yourself during an earthquake.  Teach yourself and family members to react automatically when the shaking starts. 
The Drop, Cover, & Hold method has been proven throughout the United States to reduce earthquake related injuries and death. 
CUSEC, along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross, endorses the Drop, Cover, & Hold method for personal safety during earthquake shaking.

When an Earthquake Strikes:

DROP — DROP down to the floor.

— Take COVER under a sturdy piece of furniture.  If that is not possible, seek COVER against an interior wall and protect your head and neck with your arms.  Avoid danger spots near windows, hanging objects, mirrors, or tall furniture.

— If you take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture, HOLD on to it and be prepared to move with it.  HOLD the position until the ground stops shaking and it is safe to move.
Tips to Protect Yourself During An Earthquake:
- If you’re in a HIGH-RISE BUILDING, and you are not near a desk or table, move against an interior wall, and protect your head with your arms.  Do not use the elevators.
- If you’re OUTDOORS, move to a clear area, away from trees, signs, buildings, or downed electrical wires and poles.
- If you’re on a SIDEWALK NEAR BUILDINGS, duck into a doorway to protect yourself from falling bricks, glass, plaster, and other debris.
- If you’re DRIVING, pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses, power lines, and other hazards.  Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over.
- If you’re in a CROWDED STORE, do not rush for exits.  Move away from display shelves containing objects that could fall.
- If you’re in a WHEELCHAIR, stay in it.  Move to cover, if possible, lock your wheels, and protect your head with your arms.
- If you’re in the KITCHEN, move away from the refrigerator, stove, and overhead cupboards.
- If you’re in a STADIUM or THEATER, stay in your seat and protect your head with your arms.  Do not try to leave until the shaking is over.  Then leave in a calm, orderly manner.

Be prepared for AFTERSHOCKS, and plan where you will take cover when they occur.  Aftershocks can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake.   Be prepared to Drop, Cover, & Hold again.
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The Central United States Earthquake Consortium or any of its Member States are not responsible and assume no liability for any actions undertaken by any person utilizing information contained herein or liability for any injury, death or property loss which occurs in connection with your use of this information.







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