The planet has now entered a window of elevated risks for a major earthquake to strike somewhere on the planet from now, through March 23, 2013. People in seismically high-risk regions should remain alert and prepared for the potential occurrence or occurrences of seismic events, and their associated hazards.
Maybe on the New Madrid Fault? According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a small earthquake measuring 2.7 magnitude hit near Benton in southern Illinois this morning at around 5 a.m. This is the north and west of what is called the New Madrid seismic zone. Neither damages, nor injuries were reported. However, did you hear any loud booms, earthquake booms or any weird sounds that could be related to this event?
Strong earthquakes from the New Madrid fault and other faults in what’s known as the Illinois Basin-Ozark Dome area have hit southern Illinois and nearby parts of Missouri, Arkansas, Indiana and Kentucky over the years, including a series of devastating quakes in 1811 and 1812. The last strong earthquake to hit southern Illinois was in April 2008, when a 5.2 magnitude quake struck near West Salem, affecting areas including Mount Carmel, about 80 miles east of Benton. – Chicago Tribune