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Apr 22 / Dave Schumaker

Earthquakes in the Midwest

In response to last week’s M5.2 earthquake in Illinois, the University of Cincinnati has published an interview with Professor Attila Kilinc, a geologist in the school’s Department of Geology. The interview tackles questions relating to the risk and history of earthquakes in the Midwest. It also tackles the very important question of whether or not California will fall into the ocean.

Q: How common are earthquakes in the Midwest and was the severity of this tremor a first for this area”

A: Between 1776 and the present, 170 earthquakes have been charted in Ohio of magnitude 2.0 or greater. There have been at least 150 below magnitude 2.0, which averages out to approximately 1½ earthquakes a year. This latest was not a first, severity-wise: Several others measured inbetween 5.3 and 5.4; in 1980, for example, an earthquake in Sharpsburg, Ky., measured 5.2.

[Via Eurekalert]

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