I just want to say thank you to the OP for such well put together research. Great job! And I agree with some of the other posters, here, ignore the
smart a$$ commentators. I skipped over them, because I'm reading this post for information and to me, those are a waste of my time, and a waste of
space here. It sounds like grade school antics to me.
I have a couple of questions.
First of all, I live 90 miles due west of St. Louis, right on the I-44 corridor.
IF and when this earthquake happens, which yes, we all know is inevitable, what would you suspect the damage to be in my area? I know that's almost
impossible to predict, but I'm not so educated on the New Madrid fault, as it was just something I never chose to study.
What are some tips to stay safe? Ive never really experienced an earthquake, as we are just survivors of tornadoes in this area
. Ask me about
those, and I can write a novel! I live in a single story dwelling, are these considered safe? Should you leave your house? I dont know, I guess I have
alot of questions. Also, since the area I live in is abundant in caves, which I probably live on top of one, would the ground actually cave in?
I'm also aware that the USGS has been doing extensive studies in this area for the past year. Taking samples from the local caves, cliffs, soil,
etc. as there has been above normal "activity" in the area. We did have an earthquake in spring here,, but honestly I didnt feel it.
About the animal activity, I havent heard birds since summer. That's something I remarked on back in October. Strange not to hear birds in the
morning. Also, I dont know if this has anything to do with it, but I talked to a friend just the other day about this. For the past month, Ive just
had this anxiety, fear, weird feeling that something is going to happen. Like anticipation, uneasy feeling.