Good Question: Reply All to earthquake questions

The March 9.0 earthquake that hit Japan is one of the worst earthquakes on record.

In the last month the crippled country has been hit with a wave of aftershocks.

All those headlines have many of you asking questions.

Good Question: Reply All to earthquake questions

Its been a month since the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan.

Still images continue to surface from the region hit hardest by that natural disaster and it seems each day brings another aftershock.

Bobby in Middlesboro: Did the super moon cause all of these recent earthquakes?

Experts say that theory is just fiction.

The super moon happened on March 19th and its a phenomenon that only happens every 18 years.

Despite opinions that the super moon leads to natural disasters, geologists like Jim Cobb with the Kentucky Geological Survey say that's unlikely.

"I would say that the amount of physical stress caused by that is negligible in the context of a fault, no no affect," said Cobb.

Kristin in Stanton: Is Kentucky due for a massive earthquake along the New Madrid fault line?

Seven states can be found along the 150 mile New Madrid, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.

Geologists know that since 1974, 4,000 earthquakes have happened along the fault line, many too small to even feel.

That fault line was responsible for the massive earthquake of 1811, but what about a big one now?

"It takes a long time for the strain in the crust to build up to the breaking point, so it's been 200 years since the 1811 earthquake. People ask all the time are we due for one, and I will say well we're not due for one, we don't use that language. Certainly though in 500 to a 1,000 years from 1811 we will perhaps see another one."

April 18, 2008 was the last time Kentucky saw an earthquake, it measured 5.2 on the scale.

April 28th Kentucky will participate in the "2011 Great Central U.S. Shake Out". Its a statewide earthquake drill designed to draw awareness to being prepared for an earthquake.>

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