Episode 122: New Madrid Earthquakes

Patrice, Marleah, and Courtney are sipping on Courtney’s special New Orleans Hurricanes as they discuss the 1811-12 New Madrid Earthquake, which resulted in the Mississippi River temporarily flowing in reverse, reshaping the terrain of New Madrid, MO.

The New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812 were a series of three large earthquakes that struck the central United States along the New Madrid Seismic Zone. The earthquakes had an estimated magnitude of 7.0 or higher on the Richter scale and were among the largest earthquakes ever recorded in the country. The earthquakes were caused by the movement of tectonic plates. They caused significant damage to the region, including the collapse of buildings, the creation of new lakes and rivers, and the temporary reversal of the flow of the Mississippi River. The earthquakes were felt as far away as Washington, D.C., and Montreal, Canada, and led to widespread fear and panic among the people living in the affected area. The earthquakes had a profound impact on the development of the central United States, leading to increased interest in the study of earthquakes and their impacts, and the New Madrid earthquakes are still considered a potential threat to the region. Seismic monitoring and preparedness efforts continue to this day to help reduce the impact of future earthquakes in the area.



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