WBEZ | New Madrid fault line http://www.wbez.org/tags/new-madrid-fault-line Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Japan's earthquake has some thinking about regional fault lines http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-15/japans-earthquake-has-some-thinking-about-regional-fault-lines-83725 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-15/Japanese earthquake Getty ChinaFotoPress.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The death toll in Japan currently stands at more than 2,700. While the horrific aftereffects of the earthquake and tsunami are a world away, some geologists think a powerful earthquake could happen here. Illinois is home to the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which produced a 5.2 magnitude quake just a few years ago.<br /><br />Northwestern University professor <a href="http://www.earth.northwestern.edu/people/seth/" target="_blank">Seth Stein</a> has tracked seismic changes in this zone for decades. His book on the topic is <a href="http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-15138-2/disaster-deferred" target="_blank"><em>Disaster Deferred: How New Science is Changing Our View of Earthquake Hazards in the Midwest</em></a>. He joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to dispel some myths and clear up some facts.</p></p> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 13:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-15/japans-earthquake-has-some-thinking-about-regional-fault-lines-83725