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The New Madrid Seismic Zone, sometimes called the New Madrid Fault Line, is a major seismic zone and a prolific source of intraplate earthquakes (earthquakes within a tectonic plate) in the southern and midwestern United States, stretching to the southwest from New Madrid, Missouri.

The New Madrid fault system was responsible for the 1811–1812 New Madrid earthquakes and may have the potential to produce large earthquakes in the future. Since 1812 frequent smaller earthquakes were recorded in the area.

Earthquakes that occur in the New Madrid Seismic Zone potentially threaten parts of seven American states: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. [Source: Wikipedia.com]


The Extent of the New Madrid Seismic Zone
(Note that West Virginia is well with the zone)

Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country Handbooks
(free download from USGS)

Contents

Introduction

Why Should I Care?—The Central United States Is Your Home

Why Should I Prepare?—Big Quakes Will Affect You

What Should I Do?—Follow the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

What Else Should I Know?—Online Resources

References

Glossary

Online Resources

Earthquake Hazard in the New Madrid Seismic Zone Remains a Concern
(USGS Fact Sheet 2009-3071 with free download)

Earthquakes In and Near the Northeastern United States, 1638-1998
(U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 0006-01 - free download)

Earthquake Hazard in the Heart of the Homeland
(USGS Fact Sheet 2006–3125 - free download)

New Madrid Fault Line in Focus (Fox News video)
May 2, 2011: Geologist on concerns about fault line in central U.S.

Last updated Wednesday January 11, 2012 03:07 PM

 
 

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