The Earthquake America Forgot: Two Thousand Temblors in Five Months and It will Happen Again

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Starting December 16, 1811, with an 8.6 magnitude earthquake, the greatest release of seismic energy in American History occurred with over 2000 earthquakes in five months. Collectively called "The New Madrid Earthquake," the largest was an 8.8 on February 7, 1812, that made the Mississippi River run backwards and swallowed five whole towns. These quakes were felt from Canada to Mexico, from Cuba to Wyoming, from the Rocky Mountains to the East Coast. They rang church bells in Boston, toppled hundreds of chimneys in Cincinnati, and damaged wineries in Virginia hundreds of miles from the epicenter. Yet, most people are unaware of this historic event and do not realize that it will happen again. This book tells in compelling and graphic language the experiences of people living at the time, including Indians, slaves, white settlers, and the politicians of the day. It also provides detailed information and probabilities on future New Madrid earthquakes and how you can prepare for them.

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David Stewart, Ph.D., is a geophysicist, former professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where he was director of the Seismological Observatories and Earthquake Research Centers at both campuses. He is former Director of the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, and has taught many seminars on earthquake preparation for schools, hospitals, public utilities, building engineers, and the public at large. He is author or coauthor of more than a dozen books, including five on the New Madrid earthquakes. He resides near Marble Hill, Missouri. B. Ray Knox, Ph.D., is a geomorphologist and former professor at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where he is a former chairman of the Earth Sciences Department. Author of many scientific and technical papers in the field of geology, he is also a co-author of four books on the New Madrid Earthquakes. A leader of tours of the New Madrid Fault Zone, he lives near Bentonville, Arkansas.

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