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What are the odds of a big quake in the Heartland?

Those living in the area know the Heartland is home to a unique geographic feature. Those living in the area know the Heartland is home to a unique geographic feature.
Data shows the worst earthquakes in the area happened more than 200 years ago. Data shows the worst earthquakes in the area happened more than 200 years ago.
Some say the odds are low of seeing a disastrous one occur today. Some say the odds are low of seeing a disastrous one occur today.
Emergency responders remind people it is important to have a plan in place in case an earthquake should happen. Emergency responders remind people it is important to have a plan in place in case an earthquake should happen.
NEW MADRID, MO (KFVS) -

We see and hear about earthquakes hitting the west coast often but could that happen here in the Heartland?

Those living in the area know the Heartland is home to a unique geographic feature - the New Madrid fault line.

This line still produces earthquakes in the southeast Missouri region, even as recently as about about a week ago.

They're just not strong enough to feel on the surface.

Data shows the worst earthquakes in the area happened more than 200 years ago. Some say the odds are low of seeing a disastrous one occur today.

"The numbers I've seen is there's a less than a one percent chance of a magnitude seven earthquake hitting in the next 40 to 50 years, and that would be much stronger than the earthquakes that hit Napa today," Nick Grunwald with the New Madrid County Historical Museum said on Sunday.

Grunwald says scientists from around the world continue to monitor the New Madrid fault line for activity.

Emergency responders remind people it is important to have a plan in place in case an earthquake should happen where you live.

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