The news this morning reported that Illinois had a magnitude 5.2 earthquake
strike near the town of Belmont (No injuries reported yet). Back in 2001, I was in downtown Seattle during the February 2001 Nisqually quake
, and remember it well. I was cowering under my desk as the building where I worked was rocked, Pioneer Square
suffered significant damage, and I later came home to trashed apartment . My dog was sleeping soundly up on the loft futon when I found him, and I'm still not sure if he slept through the entire event or not.
This got to me to thinking about New Mexico and how earthquake prone the Albuquerque area has been over the years. I came across this USGS Earthquake Risk map
and it appears to put Albuquerque right in the mid-range for earth quake risk.
According the history of the area
earthquakes aren't uncommon around these parts. The most recent significant one I could find was a magnitude 6 on February 4, 1931... so maybe it's time I think about getting that preparedness kit
together after all.
New Mexico Earthquake History
Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory