When you picture Illinois, what do you see? Miles and miles of flat land, long stretches of interstate highway, the tall buildings of Chicago, and beautiful farmland; we're practically in the heart of the Midwest.

Ok, maybe we're more like the pulmonary artery, but geographically speaking, we're not exactly in a hot spot for earthquakes. So you could imagine how surprised I was when I read that people want to know why Illinois has earthquakes.

Am I missing something? I know I haven't lived here long, but I don't remember there ever being an earthquake here.  But according to Mental Floss, that's what people wonder about the Land of Lincoln; "why does Illinois have earthquakes?"

Mental Floss
Mental Floss

I Googled the question myself and learned that there have been some tiny earthquakes here and according to NPR, the New Madrid Fault line under the state is capable of producing a "big one" and the threat of a major event is "very real;" especially if you live in southern Illinois.

Huh, who knew?

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