With the recent major earthquakes all over the globe, the Rotary Club in Horse Cave invited a Western Kentucky University professor to educate them on seismic activity.
We attended the lecture and now bring you more.
Professor Michael May opened his presentation by saying he could predict a one-hundred-percent chance of an earthquake today, but not where it would be.
Minor to major seismic activity has always happened daily all over the world, which means, just in case, we should be prepared.
"I think always people become concerned when you get an event, and so we're just looking from the aspect of trying to be prepared," said Hart County Judge Executive Terry Martin, who attended the lecture.
Between Haiti, Chile, and now turkey, some may wonder if more earthquakes are happening than before, but according to Professor Michael May, that is not the case.
"The natural human response is that wow, I don't ever remember in the last five years or ten years there being three major quakes like this, there must be something going on," said May. "It's not unusual, it just seems to be coincidental."
He says we tend to see news headlines, such as Chile's earthquake shortening an earth day, and take them to be more significant than they are.
"What is significant about it is that it shows the Chilean earthquake was a very large one," said May. "So large that it literally kind of wobbled the earth a little bit, but things tend to go back to normal conditions shortly thereafter."
But he did show there have been numerous earthquakes in and around Kentucky in years past, many from the New Madrid fault and Wabash Valley fault.
If large earthquakes were to happen, even in these faults that are several hundreds of miles away, the effects could still be felt locally.
"Maintain 72 hours, at least, of food and water," said Kerry McDaniel, Hart County Emergency Management Director. "Always have a first aid kit. Always have your prescription meds available. Always let your loved ones know where you can be."
"Just education of the people and letting them be prepared," said Martin. "It's not really a panic or it's not really something we think might happen tomorrow. It's just something that we want to be prepared for in the future."
For more information on earthquakes and other geological facts about Kentucky click here.