Whenever we see new earthquakes along or near the New Madrid Fault Zone in the south central United States, we are reminded of the historical record-breaking earthquakes that have occurred there and the danger that still exists.
Recently, beginning June 17 there have been a handful of earthquakes (seven – according to USGS) along and near the Mississippi River in New Madrid County Missouri and immediately across the border into Tennessee. The largest, having been a magnitude 3.3, occurred first on the east bank of the river near Tiptonville Chute in Lake County TN. Since then, earthquakes have been popping up and down the region. A question is, has something been set in motion?
The New Madrid Seismic Zone is located in a region including southeast Missouri, southwest Kentucky, western Tennessee, and northeast Arkansas.
The New Madrid Fault Zone is famously known for the earthquakes of 1811 to 1812 and registered four of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded in North America. They are believed to have been magnitude 8 earthquakes with one of them possibly as high as magnitude 8.6, while some say one may have been a magnitude 9.0 or larger (7-Feb-1812) which completely destroyed New Madrid, Missouri and rang church bells in Boston and New York City, one thousand miles away.
Many people are not aware of the New Madrid fault zone, and have no idea that a major earthquake could occur there, and could be one which has the potential to deliver devastation as never experienced before in the U.S.
Is it coincidence that the military police are presently rolling tanks in the streets of St. Louis as part of a training exercise?
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