Whole Lotta Shakin’ That Went On

 

Several of the largest historical earthquakes to strike the continental United States occurred in the winter of 1811-1812 along the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which stretches from just west of Memphis, Tennessee into southern Illinois. These earthquakes produced at least three temblors between magnitude 7-8, and hundreds of aftershocks.

In 2011 and 2012, there will be events held throughout the central United States observing the 200th Anniversary of the great 1811 and 1812 New Madrid earthquakes that forever changed the mid-western landscape.

New Madrid Bicentennial – New Madrid Bicentennial

Riverboat image from William Clark and the New Madrid Earthquakes « Frances Hunter’s American Heroes Blog

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