Bright & Early: 2012 Is Just Around The Corner Y’all Edition

Good morning, Nashville. If you woke up this morning in need of a freak natural disaster to worry about, we have you covered. Seismic experts have determined that there is a 25-40% chance that a major earthquake could happen along the New Madrid fault line sometime within the next 50 years. The New Madrid Seismic Zone extends from Memphis to southern Illinois and several small tremors have shaken the region in the past few years. TEMA has been busy preparing an earthquake preparedness and response plan as a result, though, so there is that! But with statements like “We’d be plunged into darkness,” and “All communications will be out,” and “Tennesseans will need to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours without food, water or shelter,” flying around, things don’t sound very promising. Oh, and there will be an earthquake drill at 10:15 AM on April 28th (if we even make it that far, with the way our state is supposed to be swallowed into the earth and all!) so mark your calendars.

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