I live in a suburb of Memphis. Many people don’t realize that Memphis, St. Louis and other nearby cities are located in an area vulnerable to earthquakes. The New Madrid fault earthquakes of 1811-1812 rank among the largest in North American history. Of course, these areas were much less populated back then, but today earthquakes in this zone measuring 8 on the Richter scale would be catastrophic. Very few people who live in these areas have earthquake insurance. Many major corporations have either headquarters or vital operations in these areas. To say life would be disrupted would be an understatement.
An event such as this would leave millions of people homeless and destitute (look at the afteenath of the incredible hurricanes that have hit in recent years), possibly overwhelming any aid the government could give. Especially if other events were taking place simultaneously.
Every part of our country is vulnerable…
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