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July 11, 2013

Sharon asks…

Whats up with this New Madrid Fault thing?

I keep seeing it on the web and I never look at it. Can someone give me a short answer?

Administrator answers:

Not looking any of this up – just telling you what I know from memory. The New Madrid Fault Line is a large break in the North American tectonic plate and it runs approximately along the Mississippi River with its epicenter near the New Madrid, MO area. The fault doesn’t produce very many huge quakes very often but when they do they are usually very severe.

The last huge quake on the New Madrid fault line happened I believe in 1812 – It was so large that it actually changed the course of the Mississippi River, and rang church bells as far east as Boston MA. Very little loss of life or property damage occurred because at the time most of that area was unsettled wilderness. According to geologists we are actually overdue for another New Madrid quake of the same magnitude. The difference this time is that now millions of people live in the area – including the cities of Memphis TN, St. Louis MO

Joseph asks…

Why are there earthquakes in Illinois?

Recently in Illinois, in many different spots I might add, there have been numerous small, but jarring, earthquakes in the last 30 years or so. I thought there was no fault lines around there. I’m aware of the New Madrid one, but these have been happening much further north. What’s happening?

Administrator answers:

The earth’s crust is always moving, not so much in Illinois as in California, but it happens because the earth is cooling and shrinking very gradually.

Feb. 10, 2010 saw the first significant earth quake in Illinois in two years, but earthquakes aren’t unheard of in the area. Although the only major fault line in the area is the New Madrid Fault in southern Illinois, earthquakes of around magnitude 5 on the Richter Scale are possible in northern Illinois.

Another recent earthquake in Illinois was in 2008, according to the U.S. Geological Survey . On April 18, 2008 at 4:37 a.m., a magnitude 5.4 quake hit southern Illinois about 5 miles Northeast of Bellmont, Ill. And 128 miles East of St. Louis, Mo. On Jan. 2, 2006, at 3:48 p.m., a magnitude 3.6 quake hit about 118 miles Southeast from St. Louis, Mo., near Equality, Ill.

An earthquake hit northern Illinois most recently on June 28, 2004, when a magnitude 4.2 quake struck near Troy Grove, Ill., about 70 miles Southwest of Chicago.

The strongest felt earthquake in Illinois in the past century was in 1968. On Nov. 9, a magnitude 5.4 quake occurred near Dale, Ill. The damage that was reported consisted mainly of downed chimneys, cracked foundations, overturned tombstones and some collapsed parapets, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Illinois Geological Survey says that although earthquakes happen in northern Illinois, they are unlikely to ever register above a 5 or so magnitude on the Richter Scale because there are no major fault lines that run near the region.

HISTORICAL INFO (some duplicate of above)
To the south of the Chicago area, the New Madrid Fault Zone, which runs through southern Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas, is capable of producing major earthquakes. This fault was responsible for an 1895 quake of a 6+ magnitude that caused major damage in southern Illinois and Missouri. It was felt by people in Chicago, although it caused no damage there.

Among the largest earthquakes occurring in Illinois was the May 26, 1909, shock which knocked over many chimneys at Aurora. It was felt over 500,000 square miles and strongly felt in Iowa and Wisconsin. Buildings swayed in Chicago where there was fear that the walls would collapse. Beds moved on their casters.

Just under two months later a second intensity VII earthquake struck on July 18, knocking down chimneys in Petersburg, Illinois, and at Hannibal, Missouri, and Davenport, Iowa. Over twenty windows were broken, bricks loosened and plaster cracked in the Petersburg area. It was felt over only 40,000 square miles.

On August 14, 1965, a sharp but local shock occurred at Tamms, a town of about 600 people. The magnitude 5 shock broke chimneys, cracked walls, knocked groceries from the shelves, and muddied the water supply. Thunderous earth noises were heard. It was felt only at Elco, Unity, Olive Branch, and Olmstead, all towns less than 10 miles away. Six aftershocks were felt. It is interesting to compare this shock with the May 26, 1909, shock and the 1968 shock described below: all had maximum intensities of VII but two had abnormally large felt areas more than 100 times larger than that of the Tamms earthquake.

An earthquake of intensity VII occurred on November 9, 1968. A magnitude 5.3 shock, it was felt over 580,000 square miles in 23 states. There were reports of people in tall buildings in Ontario and Boston feeling the shock.
Damage consisted of bricks being knocked from chimneys, broken windows, toppled television antennae, and cracked plaster. There were scattered reports of cracked foundations, fallen parapets, and over-turned tombstones. Chimney damage was limited to buildings 30 to 50 years old. Many people were frightened. Church bells rang and the characteristic “X” cracks were observed at Broughton and several other towns. Loud rumbling earthquake noise was reported from many communities.

An intensity VI – VII earthquake occurred on April 12, 1883, awakening every one in Cairo. One old frame house was shaken down, resulting in slight injury to the inhabitants, the only record of injury in the State due to earthquakes.

The possibility of damage to parts of Illinois from earthquakes originating outside the State is dominated by the threat of a repeat of the 1811 – 1812 New Madrid great earthquakes, which were felt over at least 2 million square miles from Canada to New Orleans, and in Boston and Washington, D.C. There are few reports from the area, but intensities VII to IX could have been experienced over the entire State.

A Missouri earthquake on November 4, 1905, cracked walls in Cairo. Aftershocks were felt over 100,000 square miles in nine states. In Illinois it cracked the wall of the new education building in Cairo and a wall at Carbondale.

Lots more info at the USGS site below

Paul asks…

colleges that have 7 year medical program that combines undergraduate and med studies?

can someone pleasssee tell me a list of school that has 7 year medical program that combines undergraduate and med studies and culminates in an MD?

I’ve been researching for ages but everyone talks about the program but never wrote any schoools that have it. thankss

Administrator answers:

Here is the information I have found off of a website (
AL: University of Alabama, Univ. Of S. Alabama
CA: UC Riverside, UCLA, UCSD (8 year program), USC
CT: UConn
DC: George Washington University, Howard University
FL: U Florida, U Miami
IL: Finch/Chicago/IIT, Northwestern, U Illinois at Chicago;
MA: Boston U
MI: Michigan State
MO: U Missouri (Columbia and Kansas City)
NJ: Univ of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, accepts from Rutgers and The College of New Jersey
NY: Brooklyn College/SUNY Downstate, NYU, Niagara University, Rennselaer, Siena College, CUNY, SUNY StonyBrook, SUNY Upstate, Union College, U Rochester
OH: Case Western Reserve, Northeastern Ohio Universities, Ohio State, U Cincinnati
PA: Lehigh, Penn State
RI: Brown
TN: E Tenn State, Fisk
TX: Rice, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (3 year med, see article here)
VA: E Virginia Med School, Virginia Commonwealth
WI: U Wisc

7-year med (some partnerships with two schools)

Boston U
Brown U
Case Western Reserve U
The College of New Jersey with UMDNJ
Creighton U
Drexel U
East Tennessee State U
Fisk U with Meharry Medical College
Gannon U with Medical College of Penn
George Washington U
Hahnemann U with Medical College of Penn – 6 year program
Howard U
Illinois Institute of Technology with Chicago Medical School
Johns Hopkins U
Lehigh U with Drexel University College of Medicine
Louisiana State U – New Orleans and Shreveport
Miami U (FL) – 6 and 7 year programs
Michigan State U
Missouri U – Columbia and Kansas City
New York U
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine – 6 year program
Northwestern U
Ohio State U
Old Dominion U with Eastern Virginia Medical School
Penn Sate U with Jefferson Medical
Rensselaer with Albany Medical College – 6 year program
Rice U with Baylor College of Medicine
Rochester U
Rutgers U with UMDNJ
Siena College with Albany Medical College
Sophie Davis School with CUNY
SUNY – Brooklyn College and Stonybrook
Tulane U
U California Riverside and U Southern California with UCLA
U of Alabama
U of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
U of Pittsburgh
U of S. Alabama
Union College with Albany Medical College
Villanova U with Medical College of Penn
Virginia Commonwealth U – Richmond
Washington U – St. Louis
Wisconsin U – Madison

Hope this helps!

David asks…

Stopping through St. Louis on our way to KY, any themed restaurants for kids?

We are looking to waste an hour or so eating and enjoying the atmosphere on our stop over(our trip is at least 9 hours in the car). We have 2 young children(2.5 and 1 years old), so nothing with too much walking. Is there some sort of cool themed restaurant for lunch we could go to that is fairly easy to get to from the interstate?

Administrator answers:

You have several options. I’m not sure what part of town you’re coming through to get to Kentucky. I assume you’ll head south on highway 55, but from what direction you’re coming into town is another story.

First off… Outside of St. Louis–about an hour and a half south of St. Louis in a town called Miner, MO is a restaurant called Lambert’s (Home of the throwed rolls–it’s a country type restaurant with a wonderful family atmosphere where they literally throw the rolls to you and have all-you-can eat meals with fabulous “pass-arounds.” In 2008, it was named the Food Network’s Best place to pig out in the US!!! Beware though, at normal dinner hours and on weekends, the wait can be a touch long. My husband and I actually make the drive from STL there just for this restaurant!!


Now to St. Louis–
Headed East on Highway 70:
America’s Incredible Pizza: –there is a location along the south outer road in St. Peter’s MO
Or there is another one along South Lindbergh Blvd (between Tesson Ferry (highway 21) and Gravois (highway 30)
The great thing about this place is not only the all-you-can eat buffet of pizza, salad, soup, potato bar and desserts—but there is a huge arcade with indoor go-carts and mini golf in the back.

Headed through IL on Highway 70 going south/west:
Once you get to the city, there is a hard rock cafe in what is known as “Union Station.” It’s right next to where the STL blues play hockey.

Headed South on highway 55:
You could jog north a bit from 55/255/270 interchange and hit the southern America’s Incredible Pizza or Just south of STL in a town called Kimmswick ( on main street), there’s another pizza placed called Cowboy Pizza. I’ve heard it is VERY family friendly and a great place with good food.

I agree with whomever said Fitz’s–it’s fun and you can watch the rootbeer bottling process and the Delmar Loop has a lot to do. Http://

Good luck finding what you are looking for and have a fabulous trip.

Charles asks…

Our small family is moving to Oahu for a new job at the University. Where should we live?

We would like to be close enough so my husband doesn’t have too long of a drive to work everyday, but don’t want to be surrounded by tourist areas and college life. And is it really necessary to avoid living on the West side of the island (as I’ve seen people write)?

Administrator answers:

Oh, don’t worry. There isn’t even that much college life on campus. The campus of UH Manoa is so deserted by 5 PM that you almost expect to see tumbleweeds rolling down the sidewalks. And we’re pretty successful at keeping the tourists corralled in a tourist ghetto between Kapahulu and Ala Moana Shopping Center.

There are two faculty housing areas, and the one by Waahila Ridge does have a reputation for being noisy (actually, I knew a married couple that met over there when she went to tell him to keep the noise down). The one over by Manoa Marketplace is quite nice, rather quiet, and convenient (I stayed there with a friend for three weeks one time). There are shuttle buses that run from the shopping center, if not faculty housing itself, to the center of the university, near the Queen Liliuokalani Student Center. Manoa itself is considered to be an upscale neighborhood where lots of people would like to be able to live. There are some students who live in the neighborhood–5 or 6 in shared housing arrangements.

In the photo I’ve linked below (I took it out the window of a small airplane), Manoa is the valley on the far left. The neighborhood in front of the valley–between Manoa and Waikiki–is called Mo’ili’ili. Moving toward the right, there is a swath of green going uphill (Waahila Ridge), and a neighborhood growing up the same hill next to it. That neighborhood is St. Louis Heights, and the joint campus of St. Louis High School and Chaminade University are at the bottom.

The valley just to the right of that is a working class neighborhood with some housing projects, but not quite as rough as you’d expect in North America for the same profile. I would say the same thing about the west end of the island, really. A Shawnee friend of mine used to host a lot of Native Americans, and they used to call the Waianae side “the rez with a beach.” Waianae does have the highest concentrations of Native Hawaiians in the world, and there are some folks that would really rather outsiders didn’t take over that patch the way they have Honolulu and most of the archipelago. Farrington Highway doesn’t go all the way around the west end of the island anymore, so Waianae is kind of a dead end neighborhood where people can leave the Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and Filipinos be.

In front of Palolo Valley is a neighborhood with the cutest little 1960s main street (Waialae Ave.) called Kaimuki. Lots of single family homes stretch across the center of the photo, that’s Kaimuki. Should be pronounced Ka-i-mu-ki, but usually gets pronounced as 3 syllables.

The next slope neighborhood to the right of Palolo Valley has a couple of names. The left side is named after a crazy, steep street that goes straight up the hill called Wilhelmina Rise. I knew a dancer who wrecked her transmission driving straight up that road instead of winding around on Sierra Drive. The whole slope should properly be called Maunalani Heights. The nicest nursing home I’ve ever seen is up there, but it’s a tough one to get into, and a tough one to get to stay in as well.

At the extreme right of the photo is a tall apartment building across the highway (this is where H-1 ramps down and becomes Kalanianaole Hwy) from a friendly little mall called Kahala Mall. The neighborhood that stretches from there to the ocean on that side of Diamond Head is called Kahala. Beyond that, you’ve got some nice suburban East Honolulu neighborhoods like Aina Haina, Niu Valley, Kuliouou, Hawaii Kai, and Hahaione.

Next to Diamond Head is Kapiolani Park, and then Waikiki. To the left of Manoa Valley, you’ve got the fashionable mountain neighborhoods of Round Top and Tantalus, and Makiki, near Obama’s alma mater, Punahou. Makiki has a lot of housing units, especially in high rises, but parking is kind of unreal in that neighborhood. Some folks just park at the university and walk a half mile or so because they can’t park closer.

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