TIL there is an earthquake zone in southern Missouri, and there was a magnitude 7.0 earthquake there in the early 1800s. The nature of the bedrock there means quakes can shake an area 20x bigger than quakes in California. There is a 1 in 10 probability of another in the next 50 years

Read more: https://dnr.mo.gov/land-geology/hazards/earthquakes/science/facts-new-madrid-seismic-zone

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  1. Changed the course of the Mississippi. There are buildings built after that for 100 years with special structural enhancements to withstand another such earthquake based on the best technology of the age.

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