Friday, October 15, 2010

2nd Largest Earthquake Strikes Arkansas this morning!!

Guy, Arkansas was the site of this mornings 4.4 Earthquake which occurred at 5:20am local time, reports are saying there was no damage or injuries. If this number stays where it is, this will be the 2nd largest earthquake in this area ever since recording begun in 1974. Some geologists are looking into the possibility that some of these may be contributed to Gas Drilling in Arkansas, saltwater disposal wells in particular because seismic activity has been linked to such wells. This part of central Arkansas isn't even part of the New Madrid Fault Zone, so researchers are trying to figure out what's causing all those earthquakes. Residents along the New Madrid Fault line should be on full alert as well because these quakes could trigger an event along the New Madrid Fault like no one alive has ever seen. After this months record earthquakes, over 200 earthquakes in Arkansas in the last 30 days people are wondering when or if it will ever end.

These quakes in the area closely resemble activity in Enola from 1982, when the quakes started small at the beginning of the cycle, then registering a 4.5 a couple weeks later and continued with more than 1,000 aftershocks. In 2001 it began again with a 4.4-magnitude quake and followed by 2,500 smaller aftershocks. Over 40 quakes have been felt in this area in the last week, with close to 200 quakes in the last few weeks. If history follows itself, this area will be in for more earthquakes for the next few weeks.

An Monday there were 5 earthquakes large enough to be felt by people all over the northern part of the state that were all located near Guy, Arkansas. The largest of the quakes was a 4.0 magnitude quake that struck about 8:33 a.m. 10 minutes later a magnitude 2.5, 2 1/2 hours later a 3.6 magnitude quake struck. 5 minutes later a magnitude 2.3 quake and another hour after that a magnitude 1.6 quake at 12:23 p.m.
So this mornings earthquake was a little strong than Monday's first quake.

Have you ever heard the stories about the New Madrid Earthquakes of December 16, 1811 and January 23, 1812 that caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards for 3 days? A 8.0 Earth Quake in northeastern Arkansas started out that day in December, it shook windows and furniture in Washington, DC, caused bells to ring in Richmond, Virginia and shook homes and buildings in South Carolina. The ground trembled and shook the rest of the day until the same are got another 8.0 quake. A quake that size would drop California off into the ocean, or at least that is what people fear the most. Everything was quiet for over a month until Jan. 23rd, 1812 when the area around the "Boot Heel" on Missouri received a 7.0 and 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Two weeks later this same area would get an 8.0 which turned out to be the largest one, for years later they got after shocks connected to these large ones. In 1895 this area had a 6.6 earthquake which was one of the last "Big" ones recorded. In 1974 monitors were installed all over this area that started recording quakes, over 4,000 have been recorded since their installment.

It has been over 200 years since this area got anything as large as these 7-8.0 earthquakes and only time will increase the chances for another "Big" Earthquake that could LEVEL what we have today. How PREPARED are you? Do you have supplies that will sustain your family until help arrives? This disaster will make Katrina look like a little girl.. With all the solar & wind power kits available on the market, we all should get ourselves ready. Imagine the power going out for months? How can you keep those cold products just that? The sun will always be there to fill our needs, the power it produces can keep a family alive when times get tough. Add a wind tower to that and you can be set until thing get better and power gets restored. A earthquake of 7.5 could cut people off from the world for months.. Bridges would fall and utilities would be disrupted. Will you be ready?

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