Back on April 1st, many awoke to the news that there had been an earthquake in Louisiana. For many of us, we noted the day, April Fool's, and went about our business only to learn that there was in fact a trembler reported in the Shreveport area.

Well, it's deja vu all over again as last night tremblers were again reported in northwest Louisiana and northeast Texas. The United States Geological Survey reported that the 3.1 magnitude trembler was centered near the Louisiana/Texas border just to the north and west of the city of Shreveport.

The April 1st trembler was about the same magnitude as last night's earthquake but according to media reports, the shaking was felt in the city of Shreveport. Now, that might be more about the time of day the shaker occurred than the difference in magnitude. The April 1st trembler happened in the overnight hours. Last night's shaker was noted just before 8 pm while more people were awake.

Oh, and this wasn't the only shaker that was felt in that part of the country on Thursday either. The USGS said a 2.5 magnitude trembler shooke the ground in the early morning hours of yesterday. That trembler was reported to have been centered near the town of Uncertain. Yes, that's the name of the town.

So far there have been no reports of damage or injuries reported with any of these shakers. The fault lines believed to be responsible for these low magnitude earthquakes are often referred to as the "Baton Rouge fault system".

Now, if you're wondering about the propensity for earthquakes to happen in Louisiana they certainly can. Although the USGS lists the state, for the most part, as an area of low seismic risk. The strongest earthquake ever reported in Louisiana was a 4.2 magnitude quake that happened back in 1930.

Okay, so now we have learned that earthquakes can and do happen in Louisiana. Are there other things about the Bayou State that you're unsure of? Well, let's see how well you do telling the difference between myths and legends, at least as far as Louisiana is concerned.

Some Common Myths about Louisiana Debunked


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