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By Robin Lloyd, LiveScience Senior Editor
posted: 18 April 2008 ET
The magnitude 5.2 earthquake that rocked the Midwest on Friday was felt from Kansas to Georgia, and aftershocks could continue for months at this strange seismic zone at the nation's center and even trigger another big quake, a geophysicist said.
The quake occurred on a northern extension of the New Madrid fault, about 6 miles north of Mt. Carmel, Ill. The New Madrid fault was responsible for devastating quakes in the Mississippi Valley in 1811 and 1812. So the Friday quake and its aftershocks likely are raising the blood pressure of some residents and scientists.
For decades, scientists have debated whether and when the underlying fault could generate another temblor of similar and deadly strength.
Originally posted by grover
Recently on, I think Discovery (or History) they did a series on disasters and they featured the New Madrid quake zone and and what might happen to the area (and its cities) if they had another quake in the region the size of the 1811/12 episodes and it was not pretty.