Browning's Fault

December 4, 1990

Sometimes, no news is news as was the case when climatologist Dr. Iben Browning’s ground-shaking prediction of a major earthquake along the New Madrid fault zone — on December 3 — didn’t materialize but nonetheless caused mild tremors of hysteria felt around the city.

Downtown Memphis didn’t fall into the Mississippi River Monday, but a lot of people steered clear of it just in case.

Parking was plentiful as some workers stayed home, and local schools reported increased absenteeism as the midpoint of a five-day earthquake alert came and went without incident.