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Index - Description of the largest quakes ever recorded in North America, 1811-12, and a real time map of Midwestern quakes.
Maps - 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 (mag 7.7 scenario)
Liquefaction with many Google earth aerial photos. Sandy soil loses its friction, becomes mush with water + force.
Civil War action - big battle in the bottom of the NM river loop. Newspaper accounts & maps.
FoxNews Jan 2010 update of NM Seismic Zone following a Haiti aftershock. 6 min video
The following video clip is not from Hidden Fury.
Origins - Why here, in the middle of a tectonic plate? origins2
Topography - Dinosaurs, glaciers, earthquakes, volcanoes, rerouting of major rivers. Quakes played a part.
Old River beds - The Ohio River had a previous path through Southern Illinois. | Ever heard of the Teays River? | Warm shallow seas, earthquakes and glacier melt affected local soils.
The Farallon plate swallowed beneath western North America 70 million years ago -- Some say it is still causing the Mississippi valley bumps and grinds.
|This quake "fold" is at Palmdale, CA, an hour north of Los Angeles. Similar folds may be near New Madrid, but are well-buried.|
Earthquake lights- similar to "northern lights". click here for theories of cause
River ran backward - after Mother Nature suddenly dropped a couple of dams across the nation's largest waterway.
Take a self-tour of the New Madrid Seismic Zone.
Above: Mississippi sunset
June 2007 brought a simulated big 7.7 quake. Here are damage estimates (PDF) to bridges and the river itself in case a 7.7 happened. Losses could exceed a billion dollars per county. Summary of worst case scenario per state. Regional leaders are pushing for a 4-lane bridge across the Mississippi at Helena AR, 60 miles south of Memphis. Photos of Mississippi River Bridges Top of Page
This Week - Look up recent quakes, including one just being reported.
|This website is built not to scare you, but to present accurate information. An example of MIS-information comes from Wisconsin [ Jan 08 ], saying a big NM quake would topple factory smokestacks in southern Wisconsin, but the northern part "wouldn't feel a thing."
A big California or New Madrid quake will cause major economic fallout for years. The new Cape Girardeau river bridge cost $100 million and took a decade to finish. It could be the only one still usable as several others are damaged or destroyed by a major quake.
Rail, air, trucking, and river distribution of goods in Memphis area is key to the nation, and will be disrupted, big-time. Remember that a "catastrophic" quake will probably be a high 7's magnitude. We're overdue for a 6+, which will likely cause some loss of life. Folks in river bottom mud will be worse off than those on the rocky hill, whether in the Missouri River valley, New York State or the eastern seaboard. (River bottom mud amplifies the shake about 6X.) We recommend you maintain a healthy faith walk with your Creator, now.
Is the New Madrid seismic zone "dying"? The question likely won't be answered in your lifetime. It's dying until the next Midwest shake that's felt from Canada to New Orleans, which will start the news media asking, "Has it started again?"
This site has been up for 10 years. Just before Hurricane Katrina, we were getting 35 visitors a day, and thought that was good. Just before the Wabash Valley shakes (low 5 magnitude, north of Evansville IN, Apr 08) that didn't hurt anybody, stats showed we were getting an average 250 a day. On that day it peaked at 20,000 visitors.
We enjoy trying to make the info manageable and comprehendable. We consider the experts to be at CERI, Memphis, SLU-St. Louis, UIUC Champaign, and the list goes on. We appreciate feedback, positive or negative.
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|Only 35 percent of Missouri homes have earthquake insurance, down from almost 45 percent 10 years ago. The highest concentration of this coverage is in the New Madrid area of the state.
Seventeen insurance companies have ceased writing earthquake coverage in Missouri since 2000; these companies insured over 83,000 homes in Missouri. In that same time period, eight new insurance companies have begun writing earthquake coverage here.
Figures from the Mo state Department of Insurance show less than 38% of home and farm insurance policies included earthquake coverage last year. That's down more than five percentage points from 2001. During that time, the average cost of residential earthquake coverage has risen by more than 15%. Nov 2007 AP / KWMU
Church quake insurance rate once was $30 a year, now $2,500. Waynesville, MO.
Missouri & State Farm partner to make hazard map
San Fran quake insurance - most folks do withOUT.
Mo Dept of Nat Resources view of New Madrid Seismic Zone
|Barges pass picturesque Columbus-Belmont (Ky) Park, on a bluff, site of a Civil War struggle. A huge anchor and section of chain at the park shows the south's attempt to close off the river during the war. (The chain broke and sank.)
General Grant had little trouble cutting supplies to rebel troops, and burning a camp at Belmont, Mo., in left of picture. Most maps show the north end of the New Madrid fault about 20 miles west of this point, though some fault lines and quakes continue just north of here (in the distance of photo), through Paducah, Ky. and connect with the Wabash Valley fault near Evansville, IN.
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Scientific disagreement over the threat - [subsection]. Is the fault dying? Are the measurements right?
Preparing - [subsection] - Interest and funds for quake preparation had just about died until Hurricane Katrina hit. Many news clips on current preparations.
Disaster officials pitted against development officials - as Arkansas legislature considers tightening earthquake construction standards - Jan 2008.
Jan. 2010 article - disagreement reigns
Tennessee's first commission devoted to dealing with a major earthquake began reviewing disaster preparations in June 2007 Strength - [subsection] - A few millimeters? How much, how soon, how strong, chances?
Popular Mechanics: 5 Natural Disasters headed for US (includes 6.9 New Madrid)
Time Mag.: Wake Up East & Midwest
What can you learn from digging a 2000 foot hole?
A swarm of 28 little quakes in several hours - near Ridgely TN - junction of two sections of fault.