New Madrid Seismic Zone

I will have to check on how this links works in real time.    It is showing plume activity along the New Madrid fault zone, as I understand is a precursor to major fault activity.  Then an hour later March 1st, 2012 there was a 2.9 magnitude earthquake in the Tennessee region of the fault zone.  I have gone over my exaggerated conspiracy theory of the New Madrid Fault zone in the comment section of the Ellis County Observer in the past. However, I am basing my low-end predictions to catastrophic predictions based on hours and hours of reading and research.  I was accused of having too much time on my hands. I take that as a compliment, but seriously, there is something worth digging in to regarding the New Madrid Seismic zone.

First, I will make mention 1811/1812 earthquakes on the New Madrid Fault that literally made the Mississippi River run backwards and lifted islands where there were none and rang church bells in Boston. The area was relatively unoccupied, compared to today. Millions of people could be affected if a big quake went off in the New Madrid zone.   h


Second is liquefaction, this would be the concern for surrounding areas and regions.

Then there is the Farallon Plate.  Science says it has taken 75 million years for this plate to migrate from the west coast of the USA and is now under the New Madrid Seismic zone.  These types of plates contribute to subduction zones.  The New Madrid area is a subduction zone.  The Marianas Trench, the deepest place on the planet, was created by a subduction zone.

A new fault line discovered in Mariana, Arkansas   could possibly be connected to the New Madrid Seismic zone.  Some geologist suggest that the New Madrid zone may actually extend from the Great Lakes all the way the Gulf of Mexico.  But the way the plates are formed, it is very difficult to get accurate  readings of the subterranean make-up of the area.

A large New Madrid quake would be devastating.  I am going to put more together on this thread. I think this is a very important topic and worth monitoring.

In May, the federal government simulated an earthquake so massive, it killed 100,000 Midwesterners instantly, and forced more than 7 million people out of their homes. At the time, National Level Exercise 11 went largely unnoticed; the scenario seemed too far-fetched — states like Illinois and Missouri are in the middle of a tectonic plate, not at the edge of one. A major quake happens there once every several generations.

National Level Exercise 11, or NLE 11, was, in essence, a replay of a disaster that happened 200 years earlier. On Dec. 16, 1811, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake hit the New Madrid fault line, which lies on the border region of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. It’s by far the largest earthquake ever to strike the United States east of the Rockies. Up to 129,000 square kilometers [50,000 square miles] were hit with “raised or sunken lands, fissures, sinks, sand blows, and large landslides,” according to the U.S. Geological Service. “Huge waves on the Mississippi River overwhelmed many boats and washed others high onto the shore. High banks caved and collapsed into the river; sand bars and points of islands gave way; whole islands disappeared.” People as far away as New York City were awakened by the shaking.

More quakes, of a similar size, followed. But the loss of life was minimal: Not too many people lived in the area at the time. Today, there are more than 15 million people living in the quake zone. If a similar quake hit, “7.2 million people could be displaced, with 2 million seeking temporary shelter” in the first three days, FEMA Associate Adminsitrator William Carwile told a Congressional panel in 2010. “Direct economic losses for the eight states could total nearly $300 billion, while indirect losses at least twice that amount.”



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  1. Lorraine Schaffer-Haake

    Californians are gonna be jealous if ya’ll gets hit with “The Big One” before we do, LOL.

  2. B

    I am really proud to see Alfred “like” this post. Thank You Fred.

  3. nothingbettertodotoday

    The EPA issued an air quality statement with regard to forest fires in AR & MO on 3/1. There were 3 or 4 quakes in CA on 3/1 – any smoke plumes noted? San Francisco had a 4.0 quake today, I’m told no smoke plume prior to the event.

  4. Lorraine Schaffer-Haake

    An earthquake of 4.0 magnitude is nothing to write home about…you might notice it (maybe) if it hits when everything is still and quiet. A slight rattle and shake…but then, being raised in San Francisco might have something to do with my attitude towards baby earthquakes.

    • nothingbettertodotoday

      You missed the point – which was that smoke plumes are predictors of quakes along the New Madrid fault line. I was taking exception to the connection made between quakes and smoke plumes. Intensity of the quake is irrelevant, all of the recent quakes along the New Madrid have been “baby earthquakes”.

      Having been in San Fransico during several small quakes and one in Hayward that was 5.9, I can tell you that I did not notice that the world got quiet prior to the quakes. However, I have a friend, born, raised and still lives in the LA area, that agrees with you. She commonly refers to “earthquake weather” and insists that prior to quakes everything is still and quiet. There might be something to being able to feel or sense an earthquake is about to happen if you’ve lived in that area for a long time. Just like I can feel tornado weather before it’s forecast, having lived in a rural area of tornado alley for 40 years. I also believe that animals may act strangely right before a big quake.

      There have been several quakes near where I live over the last 2 or 3 years, the epicenter of one was about 2 miles from me. They ranged in intensity from 2.4 to 3.1. I didn’t feel a thing and didn’t know about them until I heard it on the news. Everything did not get quiet, there were no smoke plumes and none of my cats, dogs or horses acted strangely. But, that might have something to do with the type of quake (from fracting) and my property is on a hill of solid rock.

  5. Rebecca

    I am glad someone besides myself actually knows about this subduction zone. Yes its another Sendai waiting to happen. You forgot to mention how many nuclear facilities border this zone. But yes it should have split apart ages ago but hasnt. But it is trending northeastward so the middle usa could end up with water way as wide as the saint lawerence seaway or bigger. The government doesnt give a rats behind they let oil and gas companies frack until arkansas and oklahoma are riddled with quakes, seeping injection fluids that are deadly, and structure damage. They spent 250 mil on the desoto bridge at memphis to retro fit it since its a major commerce route. Lot of good that will do when the river bed in last great quakes upheaved.

    • Rebecca

      I mean Japan moved 13 feet east and they lost 2 feet of beach and sea water bubbled up in city parks many miles inland through cracks in the Island!!!! But hey its okay to ignore the public and not remind them that the central usa along the missisippi river is one big liquifaction zone with millions of people and thousands of un retro fitted buildings, crappy bridges, etc.

      • Rebecca

        Where are the fema leaders protesting at in washington I wanta see that!!! I mean new madrid will make katrina look like a picnic if it returns to a great quake series.

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