This is the conclusion of the bicentennial of the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812, which reached magnitudes of 7.7. Lewis and Clark Community College is participating in what may be the Midwest's largest ever earthquake drill. It's called The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, and will take place at 10:15am on February 7.
Although the New Madrid Fault is more recognized, the Wabash Valley Fault is also a factor. Patty Thompson is spokesman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
The ShakeOut is one of the largest earthquake preparedness drills in this region's history, according to shakeout.org, and a chance for communities in the Midwest to prepare together, before a disaster strikes.