I can remember through the years growing up in the Midwest, when you heard about an earthquake in our region, you were like, whoa, really? Now, not so
much, they are happening more and more often in the New Madrid zone that it barely makes the news anymore. A small 2.7 quake hit near Benton, IL which
is in the far southern part of the state on Monday night. The quake caused little to no damage and was in a very rural area.
earthquake hits southern IL
The New Madrid has been getting a lot of attention here on ATS lately, since the increase in these small tremors has picked up over the past two
A few months ago, a 4.3 quake struck in Kentucky that was felt across 12 states. Two weeks later, a 3.6 rattled Mt. Carmel, IL. The same night that
the IL quake struck, a smaller 2.9 was felt in Edmond, OK. The Kentucky quake was felt in Knoxville where it even set off some panic as homes rattled
and walls shook. All three of these quakes were shallow, Kentucky’s was just over 12 miles deep, and that’s why it was felt over such a wide
There have been a lot of tremors along the fault line recently, even two small 1.7 tremors in New Madrid, MO itself on March 9. Trumann, AR had a
small 2.3 yesterday, but the same time felt a 3.6 in the same spot on February 23. In just the last week, MO and AR have had five small quakes along
the New Madrid fault.
This map shows 309 earthquakes in the last 6-month period in the Central United States. That’s a lot of quakes. Some of these are surely hydraulic
fracking quakes, while many are not and they are close to the New Madrid fault line.
So what exactly is the New Madrid fault? It’s a fault line that’s 20 times the size of the famed San Andreas Fault in California. The New Madrid
covers parts of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee. Also Alabama and Oklahoma may be a part of this according
The New Madrid experienced four large quakes in 1811-12 that were all 7.0 or larger, one of them caused the Mississippi River to run backwards, was
felt as far away as Boston and they all caused large fissures to open up in the earth. The New Madrid had one more large quake in 1968 in Dale, IL
that registered 5.4 and then it’s been quiet, until these past couple of years.
Many strange occurrences have been happening along this region of the country, from as far south as Louisiana and it’s sinkholes up to Arkansas and
their mass animal die-offs (we all remember Beebe, AR, and the birds falling from the sky) up into Tennessee where there have been numerous reports of
strange sky noises and sonic booms, not to mention animal die-offs there as well.
I won’t get it into all that right now. I’ve shared my thoughts on that on my other methane gas threads. You can read them in my signature. But, I
do believe that these fissures are releasing methane gas in the central part of the US, which may be resulting in the strange sky noises, sonic booms,
and mass animal die-offs.
One geologist says that he believes the new activity along the New Madrid may be the direct result of the BP oil spill. He believes that the New
Madrid is tied directly to deeply buried tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico.
This geologist, Jack Reed, is a retired Texaco geologist-geophysicist. He has been studying the geology of the Gulf of Mexico for over 40 years and he
said that, “this entire zone through the United States is suffering some type of tectonic activity that I believe is tied to the deeply buried
tectonics of the Gulf of Mexico.”
But could it have been BP spill? It’s quite possible. Some also believe that this spill may also be indirectly tied to the Louisiana sinkhole in
But what about the Gulf of Mexico dead zone at the mouth of the Mississippi? First, what is the dead zone?
It’s an area where less oxygen is dissolved in the water creating an environment where sea life dies and most fish that can, will swim away. The
area becomes a biological wasteland.
What causes this?
The dead zone is caused by nutrient enrichment from the Mississippi River, particularly nitrogen and phosphorous. Watersheds within the
Mississippi River Basin drain much of the United States, from Montana to Pennsylvania and extending southward along the Mississippi River. Most of the
nitrogen input comes from major farming states in the Mississippi River Valley, including Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Tennessee,
Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Nitrogen and phosphorous enter the river through upstream runoff of fertilizers, soil erosion, animal wastes,
and sewage. In a natural system, these nutrients aren't significant factors in algae growth because they are depleted in the soil by plants. However,
with anthropogenically increased nitrogen and phosphorus input, algae growth is no longer limited. Consequently, algal blooms develop, the food chain
is altered, and dissolved oxygen in the area is depleted. The size of the dead zone fluctuates seasonally, as it is exacerbated by farming practices.
It is also affected by weather events such as flooding and hurricanes.
The dead zone that forms each year off the coast of Louisiana usually ranges from 1,500 square miles to 6,000 square miles. In 1988, it was only 15
square miles, but in 2002, it was over 8,000 square miles. Could it have been this year that started the migration of warm ocean waters pushed around
the Florida coastline and up the East Coast across to Europe that may have been the slow trigger to the methane releases that are occurring around the
world as described in the Dangerous Gas theory in my signature. Year after year, this dead zone is encompassing thousands of square miles. In 2007,
after a decade of leveled off methane, it began to rise. In 2009, earthquakes started to rise as well. Here is my thread about the theory of what has
caused these earthquakes to increase.
So, could it have been the warm waters of the dead zone that affected the deeply buried tectonics of the Gulf of Mexico? Could the tectonics now be
affecting the New Madrid Fault?
Well, whatever is causing it, there’s no denying that a sleeping giant may be awaking. Over the past two years these tremors have become much more
common. People in these regions have always known a quake could hit, they just don’t remember them actually happening. As I said at the start of the
thread, when a quake occurred in the central parts of the US prior to the past couple of years, it made the nightly news. It doesn’t anymore.
Also, it might be noted that when looking at the quake map above for the central U.S., the East Tennessee fault looks pretty active as well. This
shows that the methane gas theory may be plausible here.
There’s no denying that activity has stepped up a bit in the New Madrid zone so now the questions remain, what caused it? But, more importantly, is
this leading to something bigger or is it just a few hiccups in the natural order of things? Is it coincidence that this area has picked up in seismic
activity right along with so many other areas?
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