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February 5, 2012
Central U.S. “ShakeOut” drill on Tuesday
On Tuesday, February 7, 2012–the 200th anniversary of the biggest of the New Madrid earthquakes–nine states in the central U.S. will conduct a regional earthquake drill put on by ShakeOut, a consortium of organizations and agencies concerned with earthquake research, hazard mitigation, and emergency preparation. Participation is voluntary, but public agencies, school districts, universities, and private companies are all registered and are taking advantage of both public awareness and prepared publicity …
April 30, 2011
Little Minnesota quake
Early this morning western Minnesota got a little thump from below as a tiny earthquake rattled the kettle-lake-studded rural region around the small town of Alexandria. The epicenter was just north of highway 52, about halfway between Minneapolis and Fargo, and at a “weak” magnitude of 2.5 was only noticed by a smattering of light sleepers at 2:20am. The Minneapolis Star Tribune has a decidedly enthusiastic article reporting the rare occurrence. …