- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Cape attorney Brandon Cooper to run for judge (11/20/17)2
- Cape man accused of secretly recording women, posting to porn site (11/22/17)
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- The Tungsten Groove to release first album featuring original songs (11/17/17)
- 1 dead, 3 hurt in accident on Highway 72 (11/19/17)
- Thankful People: Kirsten Strebe recovers from traumatic car accident, brain injury (11/23/17)
- Rep. Swan opposes effort to fire education commissioner (11/20/17)2
Small earthquake is a big reminder
Residents of Southeast Missouri live matter-of-factly with the possibility of tornadoes and earthquakes. There isn't anything you can do to prevent them. You can only take precautions and be prepared.
But most of us rarely give such potential disasters much thought, unless the sky is filled with dark clouds turning that ominous green color.
And you can listen for broadcast warnings of severe weather. But how can you know if an earthquake is coming?
While many folks in this area know about the New Madrid Fault and scientific forecasts that another Big One is coming, the fact is we live in an area riddled with seismic faults.
One of them shifted last week, shaking things up enough to wake early-morning sleepers and knock a few things around in some homes.
Centered near Leopold and Glennon, Mo., in Bollinger County, the quake was felt from Fruitland, Mo., to Blytheville, Ark.
It was just another reminder -- this one a mite more physical -- that the earth's crust is constantly shifting.