From Poor QT’s Almanack

On this day in history 205 years ago occurred the third in a series of earthquakes in the Middle West’s New Madrid Fault, changing the course of the Mississippi River and toppling chimneys as far away as Maine, but rest assured that a sixfold increase in tremors in recent years has not affected the geological estimate that there is only a 10 percent chance of any major quakes in the next 50 years, which includes any moment now.

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