CITY BEAT: Waiting for the Big One
Should we be quaking in fear of catastrophic disaster? Nah.
November 1, 2005 at 4:00AM
One of the aftereffects of Hurricane Katrina was that journalists and politicians predictably raised the specter of Earthquake Memphis in the same breath.Last week, The Commercial Appeal ran a couple of front-page stories on the greatest natural-disaster threat to the Mid-South, beginning one of them with the ominous thought that When a catastrophic earthquake rumbles out of the New Madrid fault, it wont just be Memphis problem.And last Friday night, if you passed on the free music on Beale Street and high school football, you could have attended a public forum on earthquake preparedness at the University of Memphis.These urgent warnings left me unmoved. I fear falling trees, which crush a few houses on my Midtown street every year or so.