Did you hear that central Arkansas had earthquakes Monday? The largest earthquake registered 3.8 in magnitude. Some of the quakes were felt in Louisiana, about 200 miles away. The US Geological Survey says there have been 19 recorded quakes in the area since Sunday.
It was approximately 200 years ago that the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812 changed the Midwest. The quakes were so severe that the Mississippi River changed its course, and church bells rang out as far away as the East Coast. In other words, this earthquake affected much of the United States. The aftershocks lasted well over five long months. Several of the earthquakes were over the 7.0 magnitude range. Tragedies will happen, but one good thing that comes out of such horrific events is the fact that people become more aware.
There was an earthquake in Oklahoma last Saturday, November 5th. I know! For some people, this may come as a shock, but others are well aware of the occurrence, as it could be felt even into Kansas City. It registered as 5.6 on the Richter scale, which makes it the strongest earthquake to hit the area in recent times. For a full report on the earthquake and its scale, you can visit the United States Geological Survey website.