There is continuing concern about a major earthquake or a series of earthquakes that could impact Hoosiers following one that shook the nation's east coast Tuesday.
"Not just in California," said Dr. Michael Hamburger, Indiana University Professor of Geological Sciences. "Earthquakes in Virginia and a similar suite of earthquakes that happened in Colorado this week are reminders that even the stable interior portions of our continent are capable of producing significant earthquakes."
Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois.
On the periperhy is Mississippi and Indiana, states that are close enough to recieve significant shaking and damage from large earthquakes that are expected in this part of the country.
"Somewhere in the midwest, a magnitude of 6 to 6.5 earthquake is likely to occur in the coming half-century," said Dr. Hamburger.
He said the proof is in the past.
"We're headed towards the 200th anniversary of the Great New Madrid earthquakes, very large earthquakes that struck the Mississippi Valley in the winter of 1811 and 1812."
Black-and-white photographs capture the damage to the landscape from the sequence of earthquakes and aftershocks. The destruction was so severe, Congress passed its first disaster relief act.
Hamburger also said the public should know future earthquakes could be more damaging just for the fact that much of the impacted land was sparsely populated in the 1800's.
The 5.8 magnitude earthquake based in Virginia Tuesday may not ever compare with what could happen. Experts said earthquakes in the central part of the U.S. can shake and damage an area about 20-times larger than earthquakes in California because of the difference in the rocks in Earth's crust.
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Seismologists across the country have been paying close attention to the Midwest as it is part of a seismic zone that produced massive earthquakes in the 1800's.