The Earthquake America Forgot: 2000 Temblors in Five Months . . . and It Will Happen Again

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Care Publications, 2005 M02 7 - 375 pages
At 2:30 am on December 16, 1811, a massive earthquake measuring 8.6 on the Richter Scale occurred about 40 miles south of the town of New Madrid, Missouri. Around 8:00 am and 11:00 am that same day, two more great quakes occurred moving closer and closer to New Madrid, both estimated to be 8.0 in magnitude. One was near present-day Steele, Missouri, and the other near present-day Caruthersville, Missouri. Hundreds of miles away chimneys were broken off in Louisville, Kentucky, wine vats were thrown over in Virginia, wild church bells rang in Boston. Trappers in Wyoming reported feeling the earth shake while people in Mexico, Canada, Cuba, and cities throughout the East Coast also reported feeling the event. The Mississippi River ran backwards, twelve new lakes were formed, five whole towns disappeared, whole tribes were drowned, while people were swallowed up into gigantic openings in the earth. It was the largest outburst of seismic energy in American history. This book narrates like a novel with adventure, romance, villians, heroes, mystery, intrigue, murder, religion, and politics. Expressing the drama among people, the book also describes the drama of nature, how the landscape was reshaped forever and how the animals responded. The events frightened thousands of Native Americans living in the area to flee forever to the west of Missouri and beyond. The effects on slaves and slavery are also presented. The book also presents the probabilities for future New Madrid earthquakes and offers sound advice on how to prepare and survive such a cataclysm.
 

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This is the second book about the New Madrid earthquakes written by the same author that I've read - the first being "The Earthquake That Never Went Away: The Shaking Stopped in 1812 but the Impact ... Read full review

Contents

AMNESIA AND RECALL
1
THE JEFFERSON CONNECTION
24
THE JEFFERSON CONNECTION
25
PROPHESIES PRECURSORS
54
PROPHECIES AND PRECURSORS
55
The Siege Begins
132
Chapter Three THE SIEGE BEGINS
133
The Big
188
FUTURESHOCKS
281
PROTECTING SELF AND FAMILY
331
Bibliography
339
Index
345
Books Slides Other Items Available from GutenbergRichter
361
Author Biographies
362
Ordering Shipping Information
367
The Exclusive GR Earthquake Hazard Warranty
374

THE BIG ONE
189
AFTERSHOCKS
243

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