The area around Memphis TN sits on the New Madrid fault line. Earthquakes, small and large, are felt throughout the region.
Two earthquakes were felt just yesterday, May 2, in the Canton/Madison MS area. One happened last month in eastern Missouri. The most famous of all the New Madrid earthquakes happened in 1811 when, it is reported, the Mississippi River flowed north for a short while. There is a great book about this event titled, “When the Mississippi Ran Backwards…” by Jay Feldman. It’s a little political, and seems a little fiction-like but it’s true and still a great read.
The quakes that happened today registered in the lower 3 range. According to a Richter Magnitude Scale chart on Wikipedia, a range of 3 on the Richter scale generally means: Often felt by people, but very rarely causes damage. Shaking of indoor objects can be noticeable. A range of 4 means: Noticeable shaking of indoor objects and rattling noises. Felt by most people in the affected area. Slightly felt outside. Generally causes none to minimal damage. Moderate to significant damage very unlikely. Some objects may fall off shelves or be knocked over. A 5 is generally when you start seeing structural damage.
Oxford, MS is part of the New Madrid Fault area.
What does that mean?
Well, there is the possibility of earthquakes in this area.
The most recent earthquake that was close to Oxford, MS happened in February 1999 near Enid Lake. It was a 2.9 magnitude.
As a homeowner you can inquire with your insurance company about additional insurance to cover any damage that could occur from an earthquake. Your insurance agent can advise you.
Disclaimer: I make no money endorsing the book listed above. I simply enjoyed reading it and recommend it.
Eileen Saunders ~~ Tommy Morgan Realty, 2092 Old Taylor Rd., Oxford, MS~~ 662-234-5344 (o) or 662-404-0816