M 3.5 – 14km NNW of La Center, Kentucky
- Time: 2016-05-01 06:12:10 UTC; Location: 37.215°N 88.987°W; Depth: 16.3 km
Commentary By: Gordon King
While a magnitude 3.5 earthquake doesn’t seem like much in the way of size or strength, this is not the issue here. What is the issue is the location!
This quake struck just West and North-West of two very large and often overlooked seismic zones in the United States, the Wabash seismic zone, and the more heard of and very damaging New Madrid seismic zone. The following is from the USGS website:
1811, December 16, 08:15 UTC Northeast Arkansas – the first main shock
2:15 am local time
This powerful earthquake was felt widely over the entire eastern United States. People were awakened by the shaking in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Charleston, South Carolina. Perceptible ground shaking was in the range of one to three minutes depending upon the observers location. The ground motions were described as most alarming and frightening in places like Nashville, Tennessee, and Louisville, Kentucky. Reports also describe houses and other structures being severely shaken with many chimneys knocked down. In the epicentral area the ground surface was described as in great convulsion with sand and water ejected tens of feet into the air (liquefaction).
1812, February 7, 09:45 UTC, New Madrid, Missouri
3:45 am local time,
The third principal earthquake of the 1811-1812 series. Several destructive shocks occurred on February 7, the last of which equaled or surpassed the magnitude of any previous event. The town of New Madrid was destroyed. At St. Louis, many houses were damaged severely and their chimneys were thrown down. The meizoseismal area was characterized by general ground warping, ejections, fissuring, severe landslides, and caving of stream banks.
The fact is that there have been many very large earthquakes in America, not only along the West coast, but in the heart of the country! However with that being said, these quakes took place over two hundred years ago, and the populations of that time were minimal compared to the cities of today.
We have recently witnessed very large and substantial earthquakes around the world, both in power and sustained damage. The tectonic plates forming the crust of the earth are moving and shifting, releasing tension, and building up tension in other areas. Once the tension builds up enough strength then the plates shift, thus causing earthquakes.
The energy stored up along fault lines increases over time, until the plates move, and the longer the time period, the more energy is stored up, causing larger and more devastating earthquakes. Many times we get small tremors before a larger quake, indicating that the plates are starting to give way and move.
The point is, be ready! Prepare for disaster before it strikes. I have spoken about this many times, and this time is no different. The most important thing that you could do to prepare is to make sure that you are right with God! Know that you have eternal life, that if you were to die today or tomorrow you would go to heaven. Accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior is the first step in preparation, for today, tomorrow, and eternity!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!