published Friday, March 11th, 2011

Saint Louis University expert: Japan quake a wakeup call

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An earthquake expert at Saint Louis University says the strong quake that struck Japan should be a wakeup call for those living along the New Madrid fault.

Dr. Robert Hermann says the next big quake can happen at any time. It has been 200 years since the massive quake centered in New Madrid, Mo., rattled much of the U.S. But Hermann says everyone living near the fault needs to be prepared.

Hermann told KSDK-TV that the earthquake in Japan shook so much that St. Louis moved up and down about a quarter of an inch.

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