So how likely is it that Western Kentucky will fall victim to a catastrophic earthquake?
According to the Kentucky Emergency Management officials, the possibility of a major earthquake happening along the New Madrid fault line in the next 50 years is around 10 percent.
Warren County Emergency Management Director Ronnie Pearson says that while the state of Kentucky would be damaged in a massive earthquake, Western Kentucky would see the least amount of damage thanks to the large deposits of limestone in the ground.
Although earthquakes can't be predicted, WKU professor Mark Mays says the state of Kentucky is preparing itself just in case.
Some experts believe that the nearby Wabash Valley Fault System has a better chance of producing a large earthquake.
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