QT Midwest New Madrid Fault, where the most recent earthquakes two centuries ago changed the course of the Mississippi River and toppled chimneys as far away as Maine, although geologists say there is only a 10 percent chance of a major quake in the next 50 years, which includes any moment now, update

News Headline: “No, the upcoming solar eclipse will not cause the New Madrid fault
to slip.”

Let’s set aside this superstition.
As the U.S. Geological Survey puts it: “Earthquakes are random in time.”
So forget the eclipse. Be reassured. The earthquake could happen tomorrow.

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