Thursday, August 25, 2005

Call For New Standards

HOT SPRINGS, N.C. -- A magnitude 3.8 earthquake rattled homes in North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia but appeared to have caused little serious damage, officials said.

The minor quake, which struck at 11:09 p.m. Wednesday, was centered about 2 miles southeast of Hot Springs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center.

Rocks crashed down on N.C. 209 in Madison County, but the road remained open. The quake also damaged the foundation of a mobile home and knocked pictures off walls in western North Carolina, but there were no reports of injuries, officials said.

Good thing this wasn't The Big One! If a 3.8 quake can damage the foundation of a mobile home, think of the massive and widespread damage that would take place if this had been a large quake. We are woefully unprepared!

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