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Four (Small) Earthquakes Last Week Near Memphis, TN
US Earthquake Map, USGS ^ | 01/09/2008 | Robert A Cook

Posted on 01/10/2008 4:35:30 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE

Perhaps these small, easily ignored earthquakes should remind us that it was only 200 years ago that the largest earthquake in the US struck in this same region. They are clustered in a straight line between Paducah, KY; Memphis, TN; and Cape Girardeau, MO - Very close to the New Madrid quake of 1811-1812.

More info:

http://hsv.com/genlintr/newmadrd/

http://quake.usgs.gov/prepare/factsheets/NewMadrid/

It's dismissed almost casually in most of today's "history" books as an "inactive" fault, or as an earthquake not occurring in a fault zone at all, but as we see exaggerated environmental scares every day (every hour ?) we should realize that real (uncontrollable) dangers exist even in Mid-America.


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And the government has a role here, but not as the nanny-state protect-us-from-all-boogiemen-in-the-dark that Mrs Clinton and her MSM promotes.
1 posted on 01/10/2008 4:35:31 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
It's dismissed almost casually in most of today's "history" books as an "inactive" fault,

I've never seen the slightest evidence of this.

2 posted on 01/10/2008 4:44:16 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: Strategerist
It's Bush's fault!

Calling Edwards! Calling Edwards! I want to Sue!

Does $3 Quadrillion sound like a good figger!

3 posted on 01/10/2008 4:50:15 AM PST by Young Werther (Julius Caesar (Quae Cum Ita Sunt. Since these things are so.))
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
...just Rosie O’Mouth passing through going home
4 posted on 01/10/2008 4:52:26 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Strategerist

This is happening because the earthquake threat in that area is ignored.

Because of the real and tangible threat, every household in that area should have at least a couple of weeks emergency rations/gear stowed away. But do they - Noooooo - they think it just can’t happen in their life times or they think that the government will rebuild for them.


5 posted on 01/10/2008 4:52:47 AM PST by Martins kid
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To: Martins kid
This is happening because the earthquake threat in that area is ignored.

I don't think it's ignored. Certainly isn't ignored by geologists and governments. I regularly see articles in the scientific press and in the popular press about the threat of the New Madrid Fault Zone.

Plenty of citizens may ignore it, but that's also true in California.

If anything I think what perhaps gets ignored is the (likely greater than New Madrid) earthquake threat in places like Utah, Reno Nevada, Albuquerque, and other places in the intermountain West.

6 posted on 01/10/2008 4:55:26 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

This was no *small* geological event in American history.

From what I’ve seen, this went on for a couple of yrs. with several major quakes.

If it happened today.......


7 posted on 01/10/2008 4:57:22 AM PST by wolfcreek (The Status Quo Sucks!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
I have a habit of checking the Quake Sheet at Drudge ever few days. That area is always active.
8 posted on 01/10/2008 4:57:38 AM PST by stayathomemom
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Move to California!


9 posted on 01/10/2008 5:11:32 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! Duncan Hunter is a Cosponsor.)
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To: wardaddy

I need to write faster!

If the New Madrid busts loose, it could take out the TN River dams, and most of the bridges over the Mississippi, TN and Ohio Rivers between Vicksburg and Paducah, as well as wrecking highway overpasses etc. Many major natural gas pipelines from the Gulf to the Northeast could also be broken. It would be difficult to bring in relief supplies and reconstruction equipment, because the highway, river and RR infrastructure would all be cut or blocked at the same time in an interlocking way.


10 posted on 01/10/2008 5:13:14 AM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Martins kid
I live 11 miles from the Mississippi River just a little north of Memphis.

I grew up in L.A. I take earth wakes very seriously.

11 posted on 01/10/2008 5:16:24 AM PST by Coldwater Creek
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Anyone seen Elvis lately? Maybe he’s up and doing aerobics.


12 posted on 01/10/2008 5:17:53 AM PST by Larry Lucido (Hunter 2008)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

People settle in Earthquake, Flood, Tornado, Hurricane and Blizzard prone areas and then blame the government because a natural catastrophe strikes them? Stupidity reigns!

I don’t live too far from this area. Maybe I’ll hit the Disaster Lottery some day, too.


13 posted on 01/10/2008 5:19:35 AM PST by CholeraJoe ("At last my arm is complete!" Sweeney Todd)
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To: Man50D

Nah ... 8<)

Already served my time in h*ll out there.

(We got woken up here in NW GA (Atlanta area) a few years ago by a quake in Alabama ... )


14 posted on 01/10/2008 5:20:19 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

I was here in Memphis and didn’t feel a thing.


15 posted on 01/10/2008 5:21:59 AM PST by Sybeck1 (McCain or Huckabee will never see my support at the ballot box)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
I Saw an interesting show about the coming Memphis earthquake ... I think it was on the Discovery Channel ...

The show showed archeology info which was fascinating & the bad earthquakes has happened more than once in the Memphis & other areas .

16 posted on 01/10/2008 5:22:06 AM PST by DvdMom ( Drew Peterson Belongs In Jail Along With Nifong)
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To: Travis McGee
If the New Madrid busts loose,....

It would make what Hurricane Kat did to New Orleans look like a mud puddle.

17 posted on 01/10/2008 5:23:33 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
(We got woken up here in NW GA (Atlanta area) a few years ago by a quake in Alabama ... )

Same thing happened about four years ago to me in Connecticut from a quake that originated in eastern Canada.
18 posted on 01/10/2008 5:24:12 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! Duncan Hunter is a Cosponsor.)
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To: Sybeck1

With those small a series of quakes?

True, you almost certainly would not feel anything below a 3.


19 posted on 01/10/2008 5:27:18 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Travis McGee
If the New Madrid busts loose, it could take out the TN River dams, and most of the bridges over the Mississippi, TN and Ohio Rivers between Vicksburg and Paducah, as well as wrecking highway overpasses etc. Many major natural gas pipelines from the Gulf to the Northeast could also be broken. It would be difficult to bring in relief supplies and reconstruction equipment, because the highway, river and RR infrastructure would all be cut or blocked at the same time in an interlocking way.

Yes, but what about New Orleans?
20 posted on 01/10/2008 5:32:44 AM PST by Sig Sauer P220
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

One of the few things Tiger High does right:

http://www.ceri.memphis.edu/


21 posted on 01/10/2008 5:38:09 AM PST by sticker
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To: CholeraJoe

“People settle in Earthquake, Flood, Tornado, Hurricane and Blizzard prone areas and then blame the government because a natural catastrophe strikes them? Stupidity reigns!”

Stupidity must have caused me to have been born less than 20 miles from New Madrid. It most certainly caused those poor people who were displaced by Reelfoot Lake in 1811/1812 to regret their choice of a place to have been born.


22 posted on 01/10/2008 5:46:38 AM PST by billhilly (I was republican when republican wasn't cool. (With an apology to Barbara Mandrell.))
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To: billhilly

Hush, logic is not acceptable in some replies.


23 posted on 01/10/2008 5:54:43 AM PST by A Strict Constructionist (We have become an oligarchy not a Republic.)
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To: Coldwater Creek
I live 11 miles from the Mississippi River just a little north of Memphis. I grew up in L.A. I take earth wakes very seriously.

You might as well be living in Northridge, my friend. The changes in the course of the Mississippi are more than just climate and storm related. (Take a look at a map.) They are almost definitely New Madrid Quake Zone related.

As many others on this thread have pointed out, the evidence is strong that New Madrid activity is cyclical, and that we are due for a period of increased activity. I live on the Hurricane Coast, and you get pretty tuned into the barometric pressure around here. And for people living pretty much where you are, it's not a matter of if but when.

24 posted on 01/10/2008 6:09:04 AM PST by Prospero (Ad Astra!)
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To: stayathomemom
"That area is always active."

That is probably a good thing. Small quakes tend to release the stress on a fault zone gradually -- instead of letting it continue to build up for one big quake event.

25 posted on 01/10/2008 6:24:54 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: TXnMA
There are many hundred small quakes up and down the St Lawrence River every year. But, unlike New Madrid, people don’t talk about that fault zone since it has (so far) only small quakes.
26 posted on 01/10/2008 6:58:06 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Travis McGee

I experienced some New Madrid tremors back in 1976 between New Albany MS and Memphis.

Rattled some stuff off the 7-11 shelves

first I knew of it

the old quake 200 years ago was a doozy

and mud rolls.....i guess the flooding is a big fear........aside from structure buckling


27 posted on 01/10/2008 7:30:23 AM PST by wardaddy (This is depressing....ok....Obama and Colin Powell are both really wonderful...happy now?)
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To: Travis McGee; Coldwater Creek

Damage Zones:

VI. Felt by all, many frightened. Some heavy furniture moved; a few instances of fallen plaster. Damage slight.

VII. Damage negligible in buildings of good design and construction; slight to moderate in well-built ordinary structures; considerable damage in poorly built or badly designed structures; some chimneys broken.

VIII. Damage slight in specially designed structures; considerable damage in ordinary substantial buildings with partial collapse. Damage great in poorly built structures. Fall of chimneys, factory stacks, columns, monuments, walls. Heavy furniture overturned.

IX. Damage considerable in specially designed structures; well-designed frame structures thrown out of plumb. Damage great in substantial buildings, with partial collapse. Buildings shifted off foundations.

Here's a chart comparing the damage zones from an earthquake on the New Madrid and one in Southern California.

I live right in the middle of the Zone VII area of Kentucky.

28 posted on 01/10/2008 7:47:11 AM PST by Stonewall Jackson (The Hunt for FRed November. 11/04/08)
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To: Coldwater Creek
I take earth wakes very seriously.

There was a SciFi story where the New Madrid quake occurs at the same time that the Eastern Rockies upthrust line "slumps". The entire Plains States from Texas to South Dakota disappears under a new Inland Sea! This sea existed millions of years ago and right here in Dallas there are fossil remains of gigantic prehistoric fish at the Science Museum. They swam in the sea back then and they could come again!

In the SciFi story the benefits abound. North Dakota seaside Beach front property booms. Aquaculture replaces agriculture!

Don't remember the title oo author of story. Any help out there?

29 posted on 01/10/2008 7:52:46 AM PST by Young Werther (Julius Caesar (Quae Cum Ita Sunt. Since these things are so.))
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To: Young Werther

Well, that should help me to sleep soundly!!!!!


30 posted on 01/10/2008 7:56:00 AM PST by Coldwater Creek
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To: Young Werther
I live in central Oklahoma and I don't want to be under an inland sea, thank you very much. Here it’s tornadoes and, as was demonstrated last month, an occassional really bad ice storm. And then we have our range fires and rivers flood. Truthfully I don’t believe there is anywhere one can live without danger from Mother Nature. I do know one thing though: no matter what happens my homeowner’s insurance doesn’t have to pay!
31 posted on 01/10/2008 8:03:21 AM PST by pepperdog
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To: Just mythoughts
Something that few people grasp is how much wider the zone of destruction would be after a New Madrid quake, compared to a typical California quake, due to the underlying geology. This image is very eye opening.


32 posted on 01/10/2008 8:06:35 AM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: billhilly

I was going to ping you on this one, see you are already here.

Stay safe from those tornados in your area.


33 posted on 01/10/2008 8:07:42 AM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: Sig Sauer P220

NOLA would be a sideshow in comparison.


34 posted on 01/10/2008 8:07:49 AM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: wardaddy

The first hand accounts of the NM quake are apocolyptic. BIrds going crazy, the earth rolling in waves, fissures and cracks swallowing people, large trees split from bottom up by cracks, “earthquake lightning,” some really really crazy stuff.

Imagine if Memphis was flattened, adn the inner city survivors blamed “the man” for building bad housing for them, “to get them killed.”

Then, no food or water for weeks. Anger, racial hatred, fear and starvation would be a lethal mix, socially. It would make Katrina look like a day in the park.


35 posted on 01/10/2008 8:16:25 AM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Stonewall Jackson

A fictional New Madrid quake is part of my new book. Research has really been eye-opening.


36 posted on 01/10/2008 8:18:23 AM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Martins kid
Because of the real and tangible threat, every household in that area should have at least a couple of weeks emergency rations/gear stowed away.

They should, but there is some reason to believe that New Madrid won't produce another major quake, and the smaller quakes today are aftershocks from the last major quake. Sensors indicate that the ground isn't moving, and there is no evidence of major earthquakes beyond a thousand or so years ago.

Sometimes major earthquakes pop up in unexpected places like what happened in Charleston in the 1800's. They are rare but one never knows.

37 posted on 01/10/2008 8:20:34 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Was fat man Al Gore in Memphis last week?


38 posted on 01/10/2008 8:21:48 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: Yudan

C35. Just imagine inner city Memphis survivors pouring out into the countryside looking for food, and not exactly in a cheerful mood.


39 posted on 01/10/2008 8:23:03 AM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Young Werther
The inland sea story you are asking about I think was published in Analog magazine about 15-20 years ago. Sorry do recall title or author. Was an interesting bit of speculative fiction. I remember it because my hometown of Paris Tx. winds up being a major port. Some of the mountains in Arkansas and SE Oklahoma wind being a nice island chain.

The last bit of the story acknowledges the huge loss of life etc. but goes on to say the inland sea was much better than the great plains because of transportation and aquaculture

40 posted on 01/10/2008 8:23:59 AM PST by nomorelurker (keep flogging them till morale improves)
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To: nomorelurker

Meant do not recall title etc.


41 posted on 01/10/2008 8:25:51 AM PST by nomorelurker (keep flogging them till morale improves)
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To: Moonman62

An 1812 level event might not happen for 500 years, or it might happen next year. I’d bet on a few more centuries before another 1812 event. But like you said, one could whack a city like Charleston next. It’s happened before, it will happen again. When and where are unknown.


42 posted on 01/10/2008 8:27:04 AM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
I don’t see a dot on a shake map signaling the end of life as we know it. You want to see what real earthquake country looks like, take a look at this latest shakemap of the US

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsus/

43 posted on 01/10/2008 8:31:38 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: Travis McGee

I was born and raised in New Madrid County; your new book will be of great interest to me. Be sure and let us know when you get it published.


44 posted on 01/10/2008 8:32:10 AM PST by SelmaLee
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To: SelmaLee

You bet. It’ll be at least a year. The quake is background to the novel, which is set a few years in the future. That is, the quake has happened a year before the events portrayed in the novel. Western TN is practically cut off from the world, Katrina on steroids, for much longer.


45 posted on 01/10/2008 8:40:17 AM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: NavyCanDo

Concur.


46 posted on 01/10/2008 8:47:56 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Stonewall Jackson

I have often stopped in Paducah when driving cross-country to Atlanta or Chattanooga.

I have wondered how openly the dangers from the Land between the Lakes dams have been discussed in that area.


47 posted on 01/10/2008 8:49:58 AM PST by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free...their passions forge their fetters.)
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To: NavyCanDo

he is a New Madrid compendium for reference
http://www.ceri.memphis.edu/compendium/


48 posted on 01/10/2008 8:53:00 AM PST by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free...their passions forge their fetters.)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

This site:
http://folkworm.ceri.memphis.edu/catalogs/html/cat_nm.html
Has a nice tool where you can plug in a time frame, like the last fifty years, and a magnitude range like 3 to 8 and then generate a map.
We have had a good share of 3 to 5 shakes in the last fifty years in that area.


49 posted on 01/10/2008 8:58:30 AM PST by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free...their passions forge their fetters.)
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To: KC Burke

If the Ohio and MS Rivers were already at flood stage when the TN River dams broke, Katie bar the door.


50 posted on 01/10/2008 9:01:30 AM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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