Thursday, January 22, 2009
US scientists are warning a newly discovered fault in Arkansas could trigger a magnitude seven earthquake.
The Arkansas Earthquake Centre says the fault is at least seven miles long and its epicentre is near a major natural gas pipeline.
It believes the fault, which lies west of Marianna, is around 5,000 years old and will have caused at least one big tremor in its history.
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Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas, would be at risk if there was a powerful quake despite being 100 miles southwest of the line.
Neighbouring states Tennessee and Mississippi could also be hit.
This article was posted: Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 8:13 am