New Madrid Fault Line

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  1. TemptressToo

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    Been spending the last day or so listening to documentaries on the New Madrid fault line. Pretty fascinating subject for a history/science fan like me.

    In case you hadn't heard much about it. In 1811 and 1812, massive earthquakes rocked New Madrid, MO resulting in sulfuric gas clouds, the collapse of buildings, huge fissures up and down and laterally and the Mississippi River flowing the opposite direction. It was felt as far away as Boston, MA where it rang church bells. After the initial quake, the zone remained active for well over a year with aftershocks being felt regularly.

    There are many accounts from the time frame, including those described by Davy Crockett in his book where he navigated some of the fissures in his journeys.

    Geologists surveying the area in the years after found older evidence of fissures. Indicating this zone has been active for some time. Even today, the fields that were created post 1811 to support the mid-America farming boom experience "sand blows" such as this one. Essentially a weak spot in bedrock that pushes gases up through the soil creating a mini sand volcano.
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    The 1811-1812 quakes were largely buried by history despite there still being smaller quake events since that time. The main concern being, cities like Memphis being built afterwards with no regard to the potential of future events.

    It wasn't mentioned, but I couldn't help but wonder if it was somehow tied to the ancient "ring of fire" that encompasses the continued geothermal activity in Arkansas...even stretching further south to extinct volcanoes under Jackson, MS.

    Anyway, something interesting to ponder today. :)
     
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    Reelfoot lake in NW Tennessee was formed in 1811 due to what you are speaking of.
     
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    Yup, it did not exist before that time. There were other lakes created as well that have since disappeared. The level of water in the Mississippi through that region changed as well based the reaction of the cypress trees. Cypress trees have a bulb just below the water line. They found that the ancient cypress have multiple bulbs that were grown after events to adjust to the new water level.
     
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    It is the strongest known quake in US history - 7.5 magnitude.The quake was so large it caused church bells to ring in Boston. The Mississippi ran backwards and changed course. I believe I've read that large lakes were created in Kentucky.
     
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    Much of North America sits on a plate called the North American Craton. It is mostly stable.
    The key word is 'mostly', as eventually something has to give. The New Madrid Fault is one
    of these 'give' points to the North American Craton plate.

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    Interesting stuff.
     
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    That small section of Kentucky that is separate from the rest of the state out there next to Missouri and Tennessee (only landlocked state with its own island!) is a result of that.

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    Land Between the Lakes, which I assume is what you're talking about, was the result of a large TVA project.
     
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    No - not that. I know that was a TVA project. I may be confusing with the lake in TN mentioned in this thread.
     
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    2011 there was an quake near me in Louisa, VA which I believe is one of those points. I think it was a 5.8. I was driving to my office when it happened and didn't notice, pulled in and everyone at the office was outside and looked startled.
     
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    Also, we have the Wabash Valley fault line. I remember a few small quakes in Terrible Haute growing up.

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    Speaking of TVA...I was poking around an antique shop in Hattiesburg last weekend and found a basket of lost family history that was a hodge-podge of photos and original documents. As I like genealogy work, I thought it would be fun to try and find the family and see if anyone wanted the item returned. Or, at the least, tag it to the person's Ancestry.com profile.

    This dude worked for TVA and then later became a professor at the great sucking orange in Tennessee. ;)
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    I discovered he lived to be quite an old dude and donated his body to science.
     
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    The brief time I lived in WV, I knew there was a fault line in Charles Town, WV. Everyone always said there was a particular building that was designed to handle a quake in that area.
     
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    I used to live in Southern Illinois with my mom so she bought the local books of the area and one was called, "The Next New Madrid Earthquake" and talked about how at any time another quake like the 1811 one will occur and f*** everyone up, lol.

    Southern Illinois has been called Little Egypt by some locals due to it being between the two biggest US rivers, Mississippi and Ohio. If there is another New Madrid quake, Southern Illinois will be flooded from these two rivers along with many other States regions along those rivers.

    Other than that tidbit, I can tell you Southern Illinois sucks donkey balls to live at. It is more similar culturally to Mississippi than it is to northern or even central Illinois, full of rednecks and they say "y'all" there, even though people think of Illinois as a midwest or Yankee state.
     
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    I looked it up on Wiki, some cool stuff. Apparently the lake, Reelfoot Lake, that was mentioned in this thread and formed from the aftershock of that earthquake, temporarily rose the fault line enough to create waterfalls on the Mississippi and upwards flowing waves. I bet that would have been real cool to see.
     
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    I meant to say the lake formed from the events of the aftershock, as well as the temporary waterfalls. The way I worded it made it sound like the lake was the cause of it, oops.
     
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    Pretty cool stuff OP
     
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    Lake Chicot in SW Arkansas is a product of the New Madrid Earthquake.
    Others also appears to a product of the New Madrid Earthquake.
    Several instances of States being across the now Mississippi River in small island pockets. Mostly farm land but perhaps a small hamlet or 2? Corona Tennessee comes to mind. It is on the West side of the Mississippi, but accessed only by Arkansas to which it is connected.
     
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    I had just got in my truck in front of our store and noticed all the big windows in the front shaking . Felt a little movement in the truck, and had a few things fall off shelves at home. Neighbors Lab went nuts trying to claw a way out of their back door. Several homes were total loss in Mineral, Va.
     
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    Welcome, doll. ;)
     
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    Read up on the story of Tecumseh. He was in the process of trying to unite the Indian tribes of the southeast to fight with the British in the War of 1812. He told them that when he got back home, he would stomp his foot and they would feel the Earth move, and that would be the signal to come. And then the New Madrid quake happened. Pretty freaky that he seemed to have a premonition.
     
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    Actually the largest earthquake to hit the U.S. was a 9.2 that hit Alaska in 1964.

    There has been a 7.9 and an 8.2 also in Alaska and not all that long ago.

     
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    I wasn’t born yet....but my parents say that 1964 quake rattled the dishes in our house....(panhandle of Nebraska) not sure if that accurate but ......mama say...




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    @psute

    You know the pic. Just post it.
     
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    Thank you! Fun fact, that earthquake is also known as the “Good Friday Earthquake”. Could you imagine the Catholics at mass that day?
     
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    Ahhh...that's what @Stochdoc was talking about.

    Yeah that's down by that tiny "Kentucky island" I mentioned above just on the other side of the border in Tennessee.
     
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    Should have said lower 48 - my bad.
     
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    i'll do it for ya lol
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    The quake in Alaska in 1964 was considerably higher in magnitude at 9.2.
     
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    Terrible Haute... Laughing Sad but true.
     
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    Hey! Great idea... We should donate ALL Vile bodies to science at once....
     
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    Lake Chicot is South Arkansas was formed by the Mississippi River changing course because of the quake. Because of the quake there are parts of Arkansas on the East side of the Mississippi and Mississippi west of the river. Totally messed with the Arkansas Mississippi border.
     
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    And its even worse today than in the 60's - 70's.
     
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    This thread needs a song or three...





     
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    You forgot one.
     
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    All these known faults, and nuclear plant are still built on them.
    Never could figure that one out.
     

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