• In August 2011, the eastern seaboard of the U.S. was rocked by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake.
  • About 5% of earthquakes take place within a plate, away from plate boundaries.
  • Intraplate earthquakes happen along zones of weakness.
  • The earthquakes may take place along ancient faults or rift zones.
  • In 1812, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck near New Madrid, Missouri.
  • The New Madrid seismic zone is located in the interior of the North American plate (near Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Illinois)
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