USGS: Over 7% chance of major New Madrid quake in next 50 years

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Scientists say it’s only a matter of time before a big shake up in the New Madrid fault zone.

The New Madrid zone stretches across parts of Missouri, Illinois, and five other states. The US Geological Survey says the fault line is still active. Scientists say there’s a 7-10 percent chance of a 7.5 to 7.7 magnitude quake hitting in the next 50-years.

More: Facts about the New Madrid Seismic Zone



  • Dusty Sweet

    Scientists are decidedly NOT saying it’s only a matter of time. Are you people daft? That’s just not what they are saying? What are you doing? This is a perfect example of why I don’t watch local news.

    You have a 16% chance of calling a single roll of a six sided die. This is twice as high as the chance of a major quake.

    Please stop doing this, KTVI. Seriously, just stop.

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