Participate in the Largest Midwest Earthquake Drill
biggest earthquakes in U.S. history were caused by the
New Madrid fault. Many, including some scientists,
believe another New Madrid quake -- or series of quakes
-- are in the near future. Right now, small quakes are
happening on a daily basis.
In an earthquake, you may only have seconds to protect
yourself before something falls on you or strong shaking
knocks you down. When the adrenaline kicks in, you may
not act safely unless you know what to do.
1,000,000 people have signed up to participate in the
Great Central U.S. Shakeout. The
Great Central U.S. Shakeout
is an 11-state drill to prepare for a damaging
earthquake in the central U.S. Those taking part will
Cover, and Hold On."
These are protective actions people should take when an
Indiana is leading in the numbers of people joining The
Great Central U.S. Shakeout. Indiana's drill will
be held on April 19, while other states will drill on
Partial History of New
25, 1699: a French missionary
and explorers traveling up the Mississippi
felt ground shaking near todays Memphis.
series of 1811-1812
earthquakes as predicted by Tecumseh:
December 16, 1811
- 8.2 The epicenter near
today's Memphis registered a Magnitude of
Felt throughout America,
including Washington D.C.
aftershocks were felt every
6-10 minutes. Many were felt
throughout the eastern US.
January 23, 1812
Epicenter in the SE corner of
Missouri. Characterized by general ground
warping, ejections, fissuring, severe
landslides, and caving of stream banks.
February 7, 1812
(Magnitude 7.4 - 8.6) The
epicenter near New Madrid, Missouri
destroyed the city.
This shock created waterfalls on the
Mississippi River and forced it to run
backwards. It formed Reelfoot Lake.
The earthquakes were felt as far away as New
York City and Boston, Massachusetts,
Hundreds of aftershocks followed until 1817.
An eyewitness to these earthquakes
opened the earth, geysers show mud and rocks
hundreds of feet in the air, new hills and
ridges heaved up out of the ground, and the
river itself ran red with brimstone and
sulfur. Whole islands in the river
disappeared, the forests went under, the
tall oaks snapped like twigs, and violent
winds tossed bundles of fallen timbers.
Deafening thunder rang to the heavens.
Animals went crazy; thousands of birds
hovered and screamed”.
October 31, 1895
November 28, 1996
Shook 5 state area.
August 20, 1994:
magnitude earthquake near
Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
December 5, 1985
Richter magnitude earthquake
southwest of Blytheville, Arkansas
5.5 Richter magnitude
earthquake in the Mount Carmel, Illinois
10-minute earthquake felt in
NE Arkansas, Missouri. and Tennessee.
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