New Madrid Earthquakes BicentennialAudio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Two hundred years ago today, the central Mississippi River Valley was violently shaken by the first of a series of three earthquakes of magnitude 7 – 8 and hundreds of aftershocks greater than magnitude 3. The third and probably the most widely felt of the three major earthquakes occurred on February 7, 1812, at about 3 a.m.
By digging into the sand blows, geologists found widespread evidence of pre-historic sand blows telling of similar sequences of earthquakes around 1450, 900, and 300 A.D. A risk of a similar sequence of earthquakes exists in the New Madrid Seismic Zone today and threatens Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.
A newly released handbook from the USGS can help people in the central United States to prepare for earthquakess. Two earthquakes struck California's Central Valley on Friday morning, hours after a temblor shook the Los Angeles area.
Rescuers look for victims under a building that collapsed after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. At least 51 people were killed in India due to the earthquake and close to 237 injured in various parts of the country, which destroyed or damaged several houses and buildings. A woman cries as her son was trapped inside a collapsed house after an earthquake hit, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 25, 2015.
Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, bordering Nepal, were the worst affected parts of India in the earthquake. In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, a control room has been set up in Ministry of External Affairs to provide all help and information round the clock. Volunteers run with a stretcher to carry a dead body recovered from the debris of a building that collapsed after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal.
In a warning of sorts of the earthquake, reports say Sikkim has been feeling tremors for the last three days. People gather near a collapsed house after a major earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal April 25, 2015. An Indian army mountaineering team found 18 bodies on Mount Everest on Saturday, an army spokesman said, the earthquake in Nepal unleashed an avalanche on the mountain at the start of the main climbing season. Ministry officials estimated that at least 1,000 climbers, including about 400 foreigners, had been at base camp or on Everest when the earthquake struck. President Pranab Mukherjee today said India was committed to assist Nepal in every possible way in dealing with the situation arising due to a powerful earthquake which shook the neighbouring country. He also called upon state governments and agencies concerned to take all necessary steps to provide relief to those affected by the earthquake. Some residents also complained of mobile network congestion as they were trying to reach their friends and relatives soon after the earthquake.


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced a financial assistance of rupees five lakh to the kin of those killed in the earthquake, Rs 50,000 to grievously injured and Rs 20,000 to those having minor injuries, an official spokesman said here.
People stand around damage caused by an earthquake at Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015.
Two persons died and 17 others were injured in roof and wall collapse in the wake of a high intensity earthquake that rocked Bihar today. Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has asked DoT Secretary Rakesh Garg to take stock of the damage to telecom network in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh due to the earthquake and initiate measures to restore the network. A building stands damaged after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015.
A group of people gather outdoors as an earthquake hits Kathmandu city, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. PM Narendra Modi called an emergency meeting at 3 pm to review the situation occurred due to earthquake. One person was killed in a wall collapse even as several multi-storyed buildings developed cracks when an earthquake shook West Bengal.
Volunteers help with rescue work at the site of a building that collapsed after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015.
The situation in Nepal appears more troubling as several news organisation reported massive destruction due to earthquake in Nepal.
At least 10 people were killed and heavy casualties feared as a strong earthquake measuring 7.9 on Richter scale struck Nepal today bringing down a number of buildings including the centuries-old Dharhara tower in the heart of the capital trapping scores of people.
A powerful earthquake in Nepal on Saturday triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, climbers said, raising fears for those on the world’s highest peak a year after another avalanche caused the deadliest incident on the mountain.
Kathmandu Darbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site was badly damaged due to high intensity earthquake. The north coastal Andhra Pradesh experienced mild tremors today after a powerful earthquake struck Nepal and parts of north and northeast India.
A major earthquake rocked Sikkim today, triggering landslides in various parts of the state.
Major tremors felt across India as earthquake measuring more than 6 on Richter Scale shook the country.
Tremors were felt in several parts of Odisha following a severe earthquake in many parts of East and North India triggering panic among the people.
Mild tremors lasting about 30 seconds were reported from parts of Mangaluru city around noon today, triggering panic in the area.
A low intensity tremor was felt in some parts of Kochi today, triggering panic among people residing in high rise buildings, officials said. Very low intensity tremors were felt in some areas in Chennai today, alarming people as they rushed out of a few commercial and residential complexes, officials said.


At least 36 people were killed in India due to the earthquake and close to 200 injured in various parts of the country. A collapsed building is pictured after an earthquake hit, in Kathmandu, Nepal April 25, 2015. The ministry estimated that 300,000 foreign tourists and trekkers were in Nepal when the earthquake struck. The New Madrid earthquakes covered the region with sand blows, thousands of which remain today and can be seen as large, light-colored sandy patches in agricultural fields.
Recent USGS projections place the likelihood of a magnitude-6 or higher earthquake at about 25 – 50 percent over the next few decades and place the likelihood of a magnitude 7 or higher earthquake at 10 percent. Louis, and Nashville well within range of a large-scale New Madrid earthquake, understanding the science of earthquakes and the area’s geologic history helps communities prepare for earthquake hazards and prevent them from becoming catastrophes. A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said.
The powerful earthquake struck Nepal and sent tremors through northern India on Saturday, killing hundreds of people, toppling an historic 19th-century tower in the capital Kathmandu and touching off a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. A shallow earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Saturday, killing more than 100 people, injuring hundreds and leaving a pall over the valley, doctors and witnesses said. In view of the situation, five NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) teams have left for as many districts to help citizens in the wake of the earthquake and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is rushing back to Patna from New Delhi.
The severity of the earthquake can be gauged from the fact that even the 13th aftershock was of very high intensity of above 6.6  on Richter scale. The earthquake with epicentre at Lamjung, around 80 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu, and had its impact in several cities in Bihar and West Bengal and eastern India.
The shallow earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Saturday, killing more than 100 people, injuring hundreds and leaving a pall over the valley, doctors and witnesses said. The 200th anniversary of the New Madrid earthquakes is an opportune time to consider earthquake preparedness and learn about the region’s earthquake history. Todd Withers told the Los Angeles Times that he felt a "sharp jolt" followed by a slow roll.
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