Tuesday, June 28, 2005



It's a common belief that California is the earthquake capital of the United States, and I'm sure there are those among us -- well, if "us" means the entire population of the United States -- who believe that those godless heathens deserve what they get when the earth moves.

But think about this: One of the biggest earthquakes waiting to happen here in the US is going to happen when the New Madrid fault (in Missouri) lets loose. It's happened before. In 1811 and 1812, three earthquakes, each of at least 7.8 on the Richter scale, not only rattled Missouri, but caused damage as far away as Charleston, SC and rattled Boston, MA. According to seismologists, the odds of an earthquake of 8.0 magnitude occurring on the New Madrid fault in the next 50 years is at least 7 percent. If you look at the map of the damage felt after its 1895 shake, you'll notice that pretty much all the damage occurred in "red" states.

I wonder what those devout believers will think of such an act of God. Most likely they'll blame liberals, homosexuals, Hillary Clinton, and high taxes. And I personally wouldn't think that the damage would be caused by a vengeful God. Why would God wipe out Branson, MO?

But it is interesting that so many ultrarighteous folks are living in an area that is going to get seismologically whupped eventually.

Add to that the supervolcano hidden beneath Yellowstone Park, which, when it explodes, will take about one-third of the United States with it, and I now know why I get the heebie jeebies when I'm in the flyover states.

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