Rumblings of Imminence: The New Madrid Seismic Zone
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(May 04, 2011)
An examination and historical recount of the most violent series of earthquakes to strike the continental United States in the last 200 years. Learn about the New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812 and find out how the immense energy unleashed formed lakes, made the Mississippi River run backward, and changed the landscape forever. Then come to understand how people living there today deal with the underlying threat of more earthquakes.
Did you know that 200 years ago there was a prolonged and violent series of earthquakes right in the heart of North America? Beginning December 16, 1811 in the middle of the night an earthquake estimated between 7.0 and 8.0 rocked Native Americans and settlers alike from their slumber. Within hours a second, possibly even stronger earthquake again shook the landscape and sent people and animals fleeing from the area. This began what is now known as the 1811-1812 New Madrid Earthquakes.
By February 7, 1812 there had been at least 2 more major earthquakes and dozens of lesser aftershocks, and several settlements had been completely destroyed. The original settlement of New Madrid actually fell away into the Mississippi River!
Over the next year the region would experience up to 2000 more aftershocks. During this time shaking was felt as far away as Canada, Boston, Washington DC, Charleston, South Carolina and even in Cuba. Are you curious as to why? Buy the film!
Because scientific records weren’t kept, much of our knowledge of these events comes from diaries and accounts of the events that terrified everyone living in proximity of these earthquakes. Only estimations on how much energy was released are available. What we do know is that the New Madrid Fault is still active today. It is unknown if this fault will ever have earthquakes as strong as the shocks in 1811-1812, but it is important that we better prepare ourselves for even one strong earthquake.
This film focuses more on how an individual should prepare themselves, and what they can do, and also what to expect if something major were to happen. Learn how to create your own ‘survival kit’ as an emergency response coordinator shows us the contents of a 5 gallon bucket full of things such as thermal blankets, cans of food, water, waterproof matches, plastic bags, diapers, a pocket knife, flashlights, batteries, and more.
Understand just how long it might take for significant help to arrive - if there were a catastrophic earthquake it could possibly be a week for some of those smaller towns to receive help on a federal level. Airport runways may be disrupted. Interstate highways might become inaccessible. Major gas lines which run from Texas all the way up to Chicago could be compromised - should something happen in the winter months that could potentially be a problem for a great many people. There are many scenarios that the average person might not think of when considering the possibility of an earthquake here in the central United States.
Buy this film and learn of the fascinating and frightening history of the New Madrid Fault Zone!
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