Residents of California who live along the San Andreas faultworry about earthquakes, while people in the Midwest arerelaxed about THAT problem anyway?but it turns out theyshouldn’t be, because been discovered that 200 years ago, amassive earthquake caused damage from South Carolina toWashington D.C. and even temporarily reversed the directionof the Mississippi River. And it could happen again withinthe next 50years, but exactly when is unknown.
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A fault has been discovered beneath the Los Angeles basinthat could generate an earthquake far more intense than hadpreviously been thought possible in the area. Expertsestimate that a magnitude 7.2 to 7.5 quake along the newlydiscovered Puente Hills fault could kill up to 18,000 peopleand leave hundreds of thousands homeless. The number ofinjured could exceed a quarter of a million.

The fault runs directly under Los Angeles County andproduces a major rupture approximately every 3,000 years. Itlast ruptured approximately 2,000 years ago.
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Earthquakes struck Tokyo, Sumatra and New Zealand yesterday,and an unusually high level of intense quakes continued inthe Indian Ocean area.

Dreamland guest Will Hart offers anInsightinto why this may be happening and what to expect in the future.

Geologists believe that the subduction zone along the floorof the Indian Ocean that has been generating the quakes hasbecome unstable, and that it is capable of causingadditional “great” quakes and tsunamis.
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Unknowcountry’s Seattle correspondent reports that afireball moved slowly over the city at 7:47 PM on March 12. According to the US Geologic Survey, the area hadexperienced an earthquake rated at 3.3 on the Richter scalenine minutes earlier at 7:38. At 7:48PM, parts of downtownSeattle experienced a brief power outage.

The Pacific Northwest Seismographic Network centered thequake15 miles from Olympia and 16 miles in depth. Local residentsfelt the quake. Local media are reporting the quake and thefireball as unrelated events, and the power outage has notreached local news.
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