Earthquake

Photos by Kara Lofton, illustration by Jesse Wright, WVPB

The hurricane season’s super-charged storms highlighted the importance of disaster planning, and it’s not just a concern for the coasts. Scientists warn that heavy rain events have become more common in the Ohio Valley. Here's how some flood-prone communities are preparing for what experts call “the new normal” of extreme weather. 

Updated at 7:45 p.m. ET

As the morning sun rose over the cities of Central Mexico on Wednesday, where city blocks had lain neatly arranged, there was now a mess of rubble and stunned residents, watching as thousands of earthquake volunteers and rescue workers dug through scattered stones searching for signs of life.

The 7.1 magnitude quake struck Tuesday in Puebla state, some 75 miles from Mexico City, but it devastated a vast expanse of the country. Mexican authorities put the death toll at 230.

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  The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a small earthquake in southeastern Illinois was felt across parts of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.

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A small earthquake occurred in the New Madrid Seismic Zone in far western Kentucky Tuesday night. According to the University of Memphis Center for Earthquake Research and Information a magnitude 2.4 earthquake happened 6.2 miles west of Bardwell. 

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  The ‘Great Central U.S. Shakeout’ will take place Thursday.  Kentucky is one of 14 states participating in the earthquake preparedness event.

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The recent 7.8 earthquake in Nepal was approximately the same size as the New Madrid earthquakes that struck this region in 1811-1812, according to Emergency Management expert Bill Call. If the same earthquake struck here today, he says, we'd be overwhelmed but the damage and loss of life wouldn't be as severe as it was in Nepal because the building codes are different and the area is less densely packed. He speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about our region's governmental preparedness for earthquake response.

It's about 8,000 miles from Murray, Kentucky to Kathmandu, Nepal. Dr. Manoj Pathak, a Murray State professor from Nepal, encourages each of us to give to help Nepalese citizens struggling with the aftermath of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake last Saturday morning. Its destructive force caused about 1.7 million children and 8 million adults to need urgent help. Even $1 dollar makes a difference, he says. Kate Lochte learns from Dr. Pathak that while his family in Nepal is safe, life there is miserable.

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Missouri’s bootheel felt a magnitude 4.0 earthquake last night. The United States Geological Survey reported the initial shock hit around 10:51 PM about 2 miles south of Steele in the far southeast corner of the state. There have been no reports of damage.

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2015 is the bicentennial of the Federal Government’s first disaster relief act, passed in the wake of the New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811 and 1812. The aid, however, came nearly three years after the magnitude 7 and above quakes occurred.

Murray is undergoing city-wide disaster drills tomorrow to examine how local agencies respond to a significant earthquake event.

Western Kentucky lies just east of the New Madrid Seismic Zone which has produced over 4,000 recorded earthquakes. The fault is speculated to produce another large event sometime in the future. 

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