- Woman's post about 'Back the Blue' sign in Jackson coffee shop prompts firing from nearby bar (8/15/17)11
- Scott City man dies in motorcycle crash near Millersville (8/13/17)
- How to save a life: Lifeguards resuscitated young girl at Cape Splash (8/17/17)2
- Stoogefest headliner cancels, cites NAACP travel advisory in Missouri (8/15/17)2
- Councilman: Scott City mayor, city administrator resigned (8/15/17)4
- Teen convicted of shooting area woman in 2015 (8/13/17)
- Woman dies in house fire in Cape Girardeau County (8/16/17)
- Scott City school chief gets raise, while some teachers don't (8/17/17)6
- Man accused of making terror threats against dental office (8/13/17)
- Chaffee man charged with attempting to have ex-wife killed (8/20/17)3
Earthquake scenario is grim
To the editor:
I published a novel in 2003 entitled "Memphis 7.9" based upon material produced by the Center for Earthquake Studies at Southeast Missouri State University. I am saddened that the center closed, for I have concluded that the earthquake danger to the central United States is far higher than most people realize.
My estimates are that a 7.9-magnitude event could kill tens of thousands, injure hundreds of thousands and leave over six million homeless throughout the Mississippi River and Ohio River valleys. The river from Cape Girardeau to Vicksburg, Miss., would become unnavigable, and all the bridge crossings would be lost. It would be weeks or months before the most stricken places like Memphis would receive any significant help from the outside. The U.S. gross domestic product would suffer a 25 percent drop, throwing our country into a massive depression. Millions of residents would leave the stricken areas searching for food and medicine.
There are things that can be done to mitigate the damage. But it requires action on the part of everyone to prepare.
Consider this: The U.S. Geological Survey says the chance for a 7.5- to 8.0-magnitude event in the next 50 years as 7 to 10 percent. The chance of blowing your brains out playing Russian roulette with a 12-shot revolver is 8 percent. Even if you could cut those chances in half, would you still play Russian roulette?