2005/09/10

New Madrid

The troubles on the Gulf Coast should be motivating Memphians to rethink preparedness for our own “disaster waiting to happen”. In case you’ve forgotten we live on the New Madrid Fault. Those in the know have predicted that someday we’ll get the BIG ONE. And, it will be bad. Below is a brief description of the 1811 New Madrid quake.
The 400 terrified residents in the town of New Madrid (Missouri) were abruptly awakened by violent shaking and a tremendous roar. It was December 16, 1811, and a powerful earthquake had just struck. This was the first of three magnitude-8 earthquakes and thousands of aftershocks to rock the region that winter.

Survivors reported that the earthquakes caused cracks to open in the earth's surface, the ground to roll in visible waves, and large areas of land to sink or rise. The crew of the New Orleans (the first steamboat on the Mississippi, which was on her maiden voyage) reported mooring to an island only to awake in the morning and find that the island had disappeared below the waters of the Mississippi River. Damage was reported as far away as Charleston, South Carolina, and Washington, D.C.

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