4 out of 5 Americans affected by weather-related disasters since 2006, study finds

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 5:55 PM GMT on February 20, 2012

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Since 2006 , federally declared weather-related disasters in the United States have affected counties housing 242 million people--or roughly four out of five Americans. That's the remarkable finding of Environment America, who last week released a detailed report on extreme weather events in the U.S. The report analyzed FEMA data to study the number of federally declared weather-related disasters. More than 15 million Americans live in counties that have averaged one or more weather-related disasters per year since the beginning of 2006. Ten U.S. counties--six in Oklahoma, two in Nebraska, and one each in Missouri and South Dakota--have each experienced ten or more declared weather-related disasters since 2006. South Carolina was the only state without a weather-related disaster since 2006. The report did a nice job explaining the linkages between extreme weather events and climate change, and concluded, "The increasing evidence linking global warming to certain types of extreme weather events--underscored by the degree to which those events are already both a common and an extremely disruptive fact of life in the United States--suggests that the nation should take the steps needed now to prevent the worst impacts of global warming and to prepare for the changes that are inevitably coming down the road."




Figure 1. County-level map of federally-declared weather-related disasters between 2006 - 2011. Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in the Midwest, and heavy rains and snows from Nor'easters, hurricanes, and other storms in the Northeast gave those two regions the most disaster declarations. An interactive version of this map that allows one to click and see the individual disasters by county is on the Environment America website.

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Quoting Patrap:
From the French Quarter to Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans celebrated a joyous Mardi Gras


Pat, I haven't been to New Orleans in many years. Actually, it was still when I was a wee lad.

Maybe I can find time for that September visit I told you about. Just maybe.
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Reading back, i have never seen so many peeps that don't understand Economics......First off there is Micro and Macro Economics. There is a very large difference in what each bring. The United States govern under Macro Economics which any business that runs a profit would run under Micro Economics. I would challenge you all to read what each are and understand the dangers of Macro Ecnom.
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Quoting weatherh98:
spending money like we currently do is insane and unnecessary and thats why the economy is bad


The economy is bad because some fat cat gamblers stole more money than I can even conceive of by placing false value on pieces of paper and shuffling them around among themselves, then leaving the rest of us holding the bag. Now we have to replace all that lost wealth.

If it were a Western the Good Guy would ride in to town, shoot up the gamblers, string up the banker, ride the sheriff out on a rail, break open the safe and pass out all the money to the good townfolks and then ride into the sunset.

Sorry bout that. This ain't no Western Fantasy and all the money's been burnt.

You figure out a scenario that doesn't involve somebody borrowing enough against the town's future earnings to restock the general store and the bar, get farmer Brown a new horse and plow, the blacksmith a new hammer and anvil and supply of coal, and just generally get things up and running again and I want to make that movie.
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Quoting Bern99:

P.S.: yes, I'm new. Been lurking for a year or two, have learned an enormous amount about weather (particularly hurricanes) from the community here, finally signed up yesterday. :-)


Welcome to the chaos!
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Quoting KoritheMan:
Hilwa's track from the JTWC seems odd:



Due south? Or maybe it's just because I don't typically track Southern Hemisphere cyclones.


Something is odd in the southern hemisphere this year. We've had 2 cyclones head due north, both of them dying off in what should be better conditions closer to the equator.
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


I actually read every CBO quarterly report that comes out, just finished up with the one from August. Some of the things in there seem a bit rosy.

Rosy compared to what? Reports in the media, who make a living out of reporting sensation, and would rather publish stories about impending disaster than "nothing to see, move along"?

Now how do we know that there wouldn't have been more jobs created if there was no stimulus. Also, how do we know if the stimulus was a short term fix, but extended the long term problem?

It's economics, we don't "know" anything for sure. But when acknowledged experts in the field say something, it's usually worth paying attention.

P.S.: yes, I'm new. Been lurking for a year or two, have learned an enormous amount about weather (particularly hurricanes) from the community here, finally signed up yesterday. :-)
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Quoting BobWallace:


Just because someone has a Ph.D. does not mean that they are always correct. Some will even put their political bias before facts. I've run into one or two doozies. Thankfully they are only a tiny minority, most are objective.

Here's how the Congressional Budget Office views the stimulus package...



The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Tuesday that President Obama’s 2009 stimulus package continues to benefit the struggling economy.

The agency said the measure raised gross domestic product by between 0.3 and 1.9 percent in the third quarter of 2011, which ended Sept. 30. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that GDP in that quarter was only 2 percent total.

CBO said that the stimulus also lowered the unemployment rate by between 0.2 and 1.3 percentage points and increased the number of people employed by between 0.4 million and 2.4 million.

“CBO estimates that, compared with what would have occurred otherwise, [the stimulus] will raise real GDP in 2012 by between 0.1 percent and 0.8 percent and will increase the number of people employed in 2012 by between 0.2 million and 1.1 million,” a Tuesday report adds.

By CBO’s numbers, the $800 billion stimulus added up to 0.9 million jobs in 2009, 3.3 million jobs in 2010 and 2.6 million jobs in 2011. As the effects of the stimulus wind down, Obama has been pushing Congress to enact a $447 billion jobs bill that includes infrastructure spending and tax cuts.


http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/19518 1-cbo-says-obama-stimulus-still-helps-economy

Hopefully your prof has told you that the CBO is a non-partisan agency which has earned a very good reputation for factual reporting.


I actually read every CBO quarterly report that comes out, just finished up with the one from August. Some of the things in there seem a bit rosy. Now how do we know that there wouldn't have been more jobs created if there was no stimulus. Also, how do we know if the stimulus was a short term fix, but extended the long term problem?
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Hilwa's track from the JTWC seems odd:



Due south? Or maybe it's just because I don't typically track Southern Hemisphere cyclones.
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


Really? Because my professor who has a phd in economics did not agree with the stimulus.
im sure there are plenty of other professors who have phds in economics who would support the stimulus package too
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


Really? Because my professor who has a phd in economics did not agree with the stimulus.


Just because someone has a Ph.D. does not mean that they are always correct. Some will even put their political bias before facts. I've run into one or two doozies. Thankfully they are only a tiny minority, most are objective.

Here's how the Congressional Budget Office views the stimulus package...



The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Tuesday that President Obama’s 2009 stimulus package continues to benefit the struggling economy.

The agency said the measure raised gross domestic product by between 0.3 and 1.9 percent in the third quarter of 2011, which ended Sept. 30. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that GDP in that quarter was only 2 percent total.

CBO said that the stimulus also lowered the unemployment rate by between 0.2 and 1.3 percentage points and increased the number of people employed by between 0.4 million and 2.4 million.

“CBO estimates that, compared with what would have occurred otherwise, [the stimulus] will raise real GDP in 2012 by between 0.1 percent and 0.8 percent and will increase the number of people employed in 2012 by between 0.2 million and 1.1 million,” a Tuesday report adds.

By CBO’s numbers, the $800 billion stimulus added up to 0.9 million jobs in 2009, 3.3 million jobs in 2010 and 2.6 million jobs in 2011. As the effects of the stimulus wind down, Obama has been pushing Congress to enact a $447 billion jobs bill that includes infrastructure spending and tax cuts.


http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/19518 1-cbo-says-obama-stimulus-still-helps-economy

Hopefully your prof has told you that the CBO is a non-partisan agency which has earned a very good reputation for factual reporting.
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


lol


I think we only had one freeze warning here. Maybe two.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


In small increments.


lol
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


Winter came?


In small increments.
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Quoting KoritheMan:
On a weather-related note, looking at the 7 day forecast for my area, extrapolating those values based on the synoptic pattern, and looking at the long-range GFS, is winter finally over? The northern tier of the nation might still see some seasonably cold days for the next few weeks, but all and all I think winter is done. At least I hope it is.


Winter came?
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On a weather-related note, looking at the 7 day forecast for my area, extrapolating those values based on the synoptic pattern, and looking at the long-range GFS, is winter finally over? The northern tier of the nation might still see some seasonably cold days for the next few weeks, but all and all I think winter is done. At least I hope it is.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Don't jinx yourself K-man.Wouldnt want anything happening to ya.


Thank you, but that's a bit too superstitious for my states. :P
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I expected more from you, Cyber.

Who cares if people like to experience seasons like 2004 and 2005? Who cares if they prefer fish seasons instead, like 2010 and 2011? It doesn't ****ing matter.

Grow up. Put your differences aside, and shut up. This is precisely the reason the world is as pathetic as and chaotic as it is; all we do is point fingers at differing opinions.

And as far as the perceived lack of compassion on part of the those who "want" death and destruction (whatever that means), perhaps you shouldn't be so quick to judge the deepest depths of a person's thoughts and feelings, until you know the whole story. Wait, you don't, you're only assuming you're right.

In short? Put up or shut up. We all have differing opinions, but I highly doubt any of us actually desire death and destruction. Cease with the name calling and finger pointing, and realize that most of us are decent people. I doubt even JFV likes to see loss of life.

I'll say it now: if my state (Louisiana) gets hit by a major hurricane this year, I'm not evacuating. I'm staying right where I am, stepping outside, and filming it. Don't like it? Oh well. I'm not hear to please you. Society would probably deem me abnormal as it is, and I'm fine with that. I've abolished societal norms before, and I'll do it again.
Don't jinx yourself K-man.Wouldnt want anything happening to ya.
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


Well a lot of people who refuse to leave do.


I know, and I agree that if one chooses to do that, the consequences are on them.
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I am not easily offended, but Cyber's comment crossed the line. Do you realize how insulting it is for those of us who like to experience extreme weather, to be tacitly labeled as "heartless", "ill-compassionate", "psychotic", or any other pejorative term I'm not currently thinking of, just because we're different from the norm? Seriously?

I respect most of the people here, Cyber included, but when you make ridiculous, baseless statements like that one, my respect for you goes WAY down.

We don't point fingers at one another. I thought we all learned this by middle school, but apparently not. Whatever.

Also, before I forget, it would not surprise me if the majority of you feel the same way. Most likely, that's why the lot of us are here -- because we experienced an extreme weather event that got us into the whole thing. If that is true, why would we not want to experience more of the same? Most people are just too afraid to admit to it for fear of retaliation amongst their peers.

At least that's what I think. Dunno if I'm right.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I wouldn't want the government to save me anyway.


Well a lot of people who refuse to leave do.
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


Then don't ask for my tax dollars to save you.


I wouldn't want the government to save me anyway.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I expected more from you, Cyber.

Who cares if people like to experience seasons like 2004 and 2005? Who cares if they prefer fish seasons instead, like 2010 and 2011? It doesn't ****ing matter.

Grow up. Put your differences aside, and shut up. This is precisely the reason the world is as pathetic as and chaotic as it is; all we do is point fingers at differing opinions.

And as far as the perceived lack of compassion on part of the those who "want" death and destruction (whatever that means), perhaps you shouldn't be so quick to judge the deepest depths of a person's thoughts and feelings, until you know the whole story. Wait, you don't, you're only assuming you're right.

In short? Put up or shut up. We all have differing opinions, but I highly doubt any of us actually desire death and destruction. Cease with the name calling and finger pointing, and realize that most of us are decent people. I doubt even JFV likes to see loss of life.

I'll say it now: if my state (Louisiana) gets hit by a major hurricane this year, I'm not evacuating. I'm staying right where I am, stepping outside, and filming it. Don't like it? Oh well. I'm not hear to please you. Society would probably deem me abnormal as it is, and I'm fine with that. I've abolished societal norms before, and I'll do it again.


Then don't ask for my tax dollars to save you.
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Quoting MontanaZephyr:
Video of "Solar Tornadoes" ... vortexes on the sun's surface.

http://www.space.com/14620-sun-tornadoes-nasa-vid eo-sdo.html

The sound (added) is a bit hoakey, but the video is interesting.


How long before we find the solar trailer parks they're heading for?
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Quoting CybrTeddy:


I'm sorry, but that statement is total crap.

Let me get this straight, and please correct me, you think the last few seasons where 'boring'? What's your definition of exciting then? 2004 and 2005 like hurricane seasons? Death, destruction, chaos? Even if the lack of US landfalls doesn't perk your interest, there has still been quite a few places besides the United States that has been hit bad. 2010 & 2011 had 19 named storms both. 2009 was a normal hurricane season.

Sorry for the pre-season rant and I mean no disrespect.


I expected more from you, Cyber.

Who cares if people like to experience seasons like 2004 and 2005? Who cares if they prefer fish seasons instead, like 2010 and 2011? It doesn't ****ing matter.

Grow up. Put your differences aside, and shut up. This is precisely the reason the world is as pathetic as and chaotic as it is; all we do is point fingers at differing opinions.

And as far as the perceived lack of compassion on part of the those who "want" death and destruction (whatever that means), perhaps you shouldn't be so quick to judge the deepest depths of a person's thoughts and feelings, until you know the whole story. Wait, you don't, you're only assuming you're right.

In short? Put up or shut up. We all have differing opinions, but I highly doubt any of us actually desire death and destruction. Cease with the name calling and finger pointing, and realize that most of us are decent people. I doubt even JFV likes to see loss of life.

I'll say it now: if my state (Louisiana) gets hit by a major hurricane this year, I'm not evacuating. I'm staying right where I am, stepping outside, and filming it. Don't like it? Oh well. I'm not hear to please you. Society would probably deem me abnormal as it is, and I'm fine with that. I've abolished societal norms before, and I'll do it again.
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Quoting BobWallace:


You know, economists disagree with you.

Perhaps you could share the source of your superior knowledge with us.


Really? Because my professor who has a phd in economics did not agree with the stimulus.
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night all.
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Hey...how come in 2011, the Eastern Pacific got a late season hurricane package(kenneth) and the atlantic didnt!?! THAT AINT FAIR!!
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Quoting CybrTeddy:
705. I had no idea that's what you meant, and if so I'm truly sorry. It's just that we get riddled with posts that are usually disrespectful to the victims of hurricane's the last few seasons because they didn't hit the United States and I'm frankly sick of it. So, if you will accept my apology I am sorry.
Apology excepted.
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I like hurricanes such as Katia, Ophelia, and in the EPac ones like Celia, Kenneth.
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Quoting CybrTeddy:
705. I had no idea that's what you meant, and if so I'm truly sorry. It's just that we get riddled with posts that are usually disrespectful to the victims of hurricane's the last few seasons because they didn't hit the United States and I'm frankly sick of it. So, if you will accept my apology I am sorry.


I like hurricanes like Andrew and KatrinaI MEAN GOD NO WHOOPS FAIL I MEAN Ophelia and those cat 4s in the Epac that affected nobody in 2011.
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705. I had no idea that's what you meant, and if so I'm truly sorry. It's just that we get riddled with posts that are usually disrespectful to the victims of hurricane's the last few seasons because they didn't hit the United States and I'm frankly sick of it. So, if you will accept my apology I am sorry.
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Quoting CybrTeddy:


I'm sorry, but that statement is total crap.

Let me get this straight, and please correct me, you think the last few seasons where 'boring'? What's your definition of exciting then? 2004 and 2005 like hurricane seasons? Death, destruction, chaos? Even if the lack of US landfalls doesn't perk your interest, there has still been quite a few places besides the United States that has been hit bad. 2010 & 2011 had 19 named storms both. 2009 was a normal hurricane season.

Sorry for the pre-season rant and I mean no disrespect.
You know what I have plenty of freaking mean words I have to say right now but won't because that's not how Im going to conduct myself.TAKING the mature route 1st I never said the 10,11 seasons were boring.A matter of fact I was going to return and make a post saying how spoiled we were the last two seasons.I had fun tracking storms those years and if you haven't noticed I talk peoples freaking ears of about the fantastic storm formation we saw that year.Two who says I wanted years like 04,or 05 again???.Can you show me where I said that???.Three I'm well aware of the landfalls that can occur in el niño years.And four your post did come off as disrespectful.You know what I'm just done with this blog for a while.You express opinion and get attacked for it.TF??
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..this is not something casual,this is very, very serious"..
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Quoting BobWallace:


Check the news.

President Obama recently presented Congress with a budget designed to eliminate our debt accumulation over the next few years and then we could start paying down the debt.

And review your history.

President Clinton put us on track to pay off the national debt and left a surplus when his second term was over.

The guy in the middle knocked us off track.

--

Interestingly, when Clinton was president there were serious discussions as to whether the US should fully pay off its debt or not. Most economists agreed that it was not a good thing to fully eliminate US debt, that US bonds are highly desirable to keep the world's economy functioning smoothly. US bonds are considered the safest place for other governments to park their extra funds.




This is true.

Oh and if you are interested in 3rd party views and seeing if there are parties with moderate views but are suppressed by mainstream media, look up Libertarianism. I am in good agreement with their views on political issues and think that I will be voting for their candidate this fall...
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
His stimulus package did nothing to stimulate the economy in the first place. Even though its political suicide the best course of action would be to do nothing. The US economy goes up and down and would do the same with or without government interference.


You know, economists disagree with you.

Perhaps you could share the source of your superior knowledge with us.
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:
I never realized that borrowing 15 trillion dollars with no plan to pay it back is a good thing. Guess I don't know anything.


Check the news.

President Obama recently presented Congress with a budget designed to eliminate our debt accumulation over the next few years and then we could start paying down the debt.

And review your history.

President Clinton put us on track to pay off the national debt and left a surplus when his second term was over.

The guy in the middle knocked us off track.

--

Interestingly, when Clinton was president there were serious discussions as to whether the US should fully pay off its debt or not. Most economists agreed that it was not a good thing to fully eliminate US debt, that US bonds are highly desirable to keep the world's economy functioning smoothly. US bonds are considered the safest place for other governments to park their extra funds.

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Quoting gordydunnot:
Come on Nea why don't you just come clean on the millions of dollars the Doc. is receiving from AL Gore and John Kerry. Those two commies that went all the way over to Vietnam to get this all started. Instead of doing like so many chicken hawks who won't be named. You know the 5or 6 deferment types or I'll pretend I was in the national guard maybe nobody will notice.
thank god for jane and her protesters or we'd still be over there now they sell shirts to jc pennys
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Note the severe weather shade for friday.
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Come on Nea why don't you just come clean on the millions of dollars the Doc. is receiving from AL Gore and John Kerry. Those two commies that went all the way over to Vietnam to get this all started. Instead of doing like so many chicken hawks who won't be named. You know the 5or 6 deferment types or I'll pretend I was in the national guard maybe nobody will notice.
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AP: Radiation contamination detected 400 miles from Fukushima coast — Levels up to 1,000 times above normal — IAEA says safe to drink

Published: February 21st, 2012 at 5:11 pm ET By ENENews

Title: Radiation detected 400 miles off Japanese coast
Source: Associated Press
Author: BRIAN SKOLOFF and MALCOLM RITTER
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Radioactive contamination from the Fukushima power plant disaster has been detected as far as almost 400 miles off Japan in the Pacific Ocean, with water showing readings of up to 1,000 times more than prior levels, scientists reported Tuesday.

“We’re not over the hump” yet in terms of radioactive contamination of the ocean because of continued leakage from the plant, [Ken Buesseler of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts] said in an interview before Tuesday’s talk. [...]

The ship sampled water from about 20 miles to about 400 miles off the coast east of the Fukushima plant. Concentrations of cesium-137 throughout that range were 10 to 1,000 times normal [...]

The highest readings last June were not always from locations closest to the Fukushima plant, Buesseler said. That’s because swirling ocean currents formed concentrations [...]

The water’s cesium-137 concentration has been so diluted that just 20 miles offshore, “if it was not seawater, you could drink it without any problems.” -International Atomic Energy Agency’s Hartmut Nies
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Video of "Solar Tornadoes" ... vortexes on the sun's surface.

http://www.space.com/14620-sun-tornadoes-nasa-vid eo-sdo.html

The sound (added) is a bit hoakey, but the video is interesting.
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Ok, won't quote myself again, but in the El Nino tropical storms or higher landfall rates category, there's a higher frequency of return than in the other phases for here the TX/LA border. And the least frequency is during La Nina. That may explain some things. Hmmmm? Learned something new today. I like that. :D Lol.
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4.0 magnitude Missouri, New Madrid region, earthquake rattles 9 states
Posted on February 21, 2012
February 21, 2012 – EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. — Residents got an early morning jolt Tuesday after an earthquake rumbled at least nine states, causing minor damage and a big stir in the town of East Prairie, near the quake’s epicenter. “I live on a main highway and five miles from the reported epicenter,” Rhonda Brack, a manager at Tasters Restaurant in East Prairie, told msnbc.com. “It sounded like a semi-truck and it rattled my windows and it rattled my house.” She said the magnitude 4.0 earthquake has been the hot topic of conversation since the popular breakfast and coffee house opened up at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. “We’re no strangers to quakes, but this one was different,” Brack said. “We had one four years ago and that one rolled. This one was straight underneath us and lasted for 30 seconds or so. It reminded you of lightning.” U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist John Bellini said the rural farming community of East Prairie is known for its seismic activity. “It’s a normal event that occurs from time to time,” Bellini told msnbc.com. “It happens every two years or so. They have many that are small but no one can really feel them. Once in a while you will get one like this one that is wider and stronger.” Bellini said several people in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee also reported being awakened by the temblor that happened at 3:58 a.m. GMT. A few residents of North Carolina, Alabama, Indiana and Georgia also experienced some shaking. East Prairie City Administrator Lonnie Thurmond told The Associated Press he’s heard reports of cracks in sidewalks and walls, some broken windows, and minor household damage such as rattled shelves and things falling from cabinets. Adam Rhodes said he was awakened by the earth’s trembling and then carried on with this morning routine before heading into work at Creative School Zone in East Prairie. -MSNBC
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