ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A recent article in “The Atlantic” speculates on the possibility of a big earthquake striking the Midwest.

As a guest on the Mark Reardon Show, article writer Peter Brannen said research for his in-depth article uncovered various opinions about the threat posed by the New Madrid fault.

“You have people like USGS who, I think their last prediction was that there’s something like a 7 to 10 percent chance of another New Madrid event in the next few decades,” he says. “And then you have people like Seth Stein at Northwestern and I think some people at [Washington University] in St. Louis who would tell you no, we don’t have to worry for thousands of years.”

Brannen says a repeat of the tumultuous 1811-1812 earthquakes along the New Madrid fault would be “pretty frightening,” and would be especially tough on all the brick buildings St. Louis is known for.

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