An unexpected earthquake measuring 2.5 on the Richter scale hit the St. Clair County area in Michigan on December 27th, prompting awareness and safety precautions for residents. While earthquakes are rare in Michigan, the recent event has emphasized the importance of preparedness, especially given the state’s proximity to areas with higher seismic risk such as parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The New Madrid fault line in these states has experienced earthquakes as high as 7.7 on the Richter scale. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides a map highlighting earthquake-prone areas in the U.S., and residents are advised to recognize signs of earthquakes and prepare for potential aftermaths such as structural damage, fires, land disturbances, and hazardous material releases. This information was reported by WGRT’s Choze Powell.