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Seattle Vs. St. Louis


Kelly Hupp

on 18 December 2009

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Seattle Vs. St. Louis Seattle Fault Zone New Madrid Earthquakes http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/45/St_Louis_night.jpg http://people.uwec.edu/CRUSANMA/Images/0-seattle_master.jpg The New Madrid Earthquakes were a series of earthquakes in St. Louis that took place between 1811-1812. This giant earthquake shook the entire United States. Scientists estimate that another earthquake of this magnitude is likely to occur again around 2040. This earthquake has single handedly changed the topography of the United States more then any other earthquake un the United States. http://www.hsv.com/genlintr/newmadrd/ The Seattle fault zone is one of the most active fault areas on the West coast of the United States. The fault zone consists of four closely related fractures that stretch about 30 miles. The North American plate has cracked under Puget Sound's soft crust, forming the Seattle Fault and other fault zones in the area which have the potentional to create massive earthquakes. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002185327_quakeside20m.html Mount St. Helens Not only is Mount St. Helens an active volcanoe, it is also creating many pollution in the city of Seattle. Mount St. Helens is eminating more toxic emissions than several pulp mills and power plants. Because the population around the base of Mount St. Helens is scarce as of now, people in Seattle arent feeling the full effects of the pollution. But, as time goes on and more emissions are emitted, people will begin to feel and suffer from the harmful chemicals they are inhaling. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002105397_volcano01m.html MY Choice I believe that the best choice after all this research is St. Louis. Although the threat of another earthquake is eminent, there aren't nearly as many dangerous possibilities as there are in Seattle. In Seattle, you have the threat of a volcanoe that is about to errupt at any minute. What I've also taken into account for moving to St. Louis is the Seattle fault zone. Not only does Seattle have a huge volcanoe that can errupt at any time, they have a great possibility of an earthquake. This earthquake can happen at any time and covers a giant area of the city. St. Louis will have the threat of another earthquake in 2040 that is as giant as the New Madrid earthquake, but at this current time, moving there would be safer because the threat of immediate danger is not as likely. Missouri Earthquake History The written record of earthquakes in Missouri prior to the nineteenth century is virtually nonexistent but there is a geologic evidence that the New Madrid seismic zone has had activity. On April 9, 1917, in the Ste. Genevieve - St. Marys area was reportedly felt from Kansas to Ohio and Wisconsin to Mississippi. In the epicentral area people ran into the street, windows were broken, and plaster cracked. A second shock of lesser intensity was felt in the southern part of the area. The November 9, 1968, earthquake in southern Illinois was the strongest in the central United States. The felt areas include all or portions of 23 states. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/missouri/history.php
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