The quake-related worries of this questioner are calmed by Dr. Know's response, from the February 2013 issue.
My friends tell me that the city is in a dangerous earthquake zone and that we’re “due” to “get the big one” any day now. How worried should I be? —Tremor-Phobic Dear Tremor-Phobic:The dangerous earthquake zone to which your “friends” refer is basically the American Midwest, the area jiggled by the New Madrid Earthquake in 1812, long before there were skyscrapers trimmed in fragile terra cotta about which you needn’t trouble yourself at all. While it is true that plate tectonics (a “theory” you can learn more about from the Doctor’s scholarly colleagues at the Creation Museum) has North America headed relentlessly towards a collision with Greater Stockholm, that collision is a long way off. Words like “due” and “any day now” have rather different meanings to geologists than they do to ordinary citizens waiting for the arrival of Amtrak’s Chicago-bound streamliner. And the Reelfoot Fault that lurks in the New Madrid neighborhood is nothing you can set your clock by. The Doctor did move his family from a solid masonry house on an ancient stream bed in Northside to a modern, low-lying, balloon-framed structure in the West End, a mile from the nearest high-rise, but that move had to do with a need for better television reception. No worries.
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