Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A Shake on the 4th of July

A few minutes before the end of the 4th of July an 3. 0 earthquake happened near Carruthersville, Missouri.  The earthquake  should have been felt by many in the area except for one factor. That is with all the fireworks going off it would be hard for anyone near the epicenter to tell the difference. During the American Civil War the same effect occurred for reports of earthquakes. Due to the concussions and noise of the fighting people did not notice or were indifferent to earthquakes. Reporting of earthquakes in the eastern United States does not pick up until after the war was concluded.

For more information on the earthquake please go to this link4th of July Earthquake.  Also if you felt it please report it to the Did You Feel It? link in the website. These reports are important to scientists who measure the effects of earthquakes in the New Madrid seismic zone and surrounding areas.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

A Thursday quake near Reelfoot lake

Well this morning the New Madrid zone had a earthquake south of Reelfoot lake. Its magnitude was 2.8 followed by a couple of 1.9 aftershocks. Our instruments at work picked it up quite nicely. For more information visit the link New Madrid earthquake .

Monday, May 2, 2016

A weekend Kentucky Earthquake

Well over the weekend the New Madrid seismic zone announced its presence again. Early Saturday morning a magnitude 3.5 earthquake occurred near north of La Center, Kentucky. It was widely felt in Western Kentucky and parts of Southeastern Missouri and Southern Illinois.  For more details visit La Center earthquake.

Friday, January 15, 2016

A couple of earthquakes

Last night and early this morning we had a couple of earthquakes. One was inside the New Madrid seismic zone and the other was in Alabama. The first one occurred last night at about 10 o'clock near Carruthersville Missouri, the magnitude was 2.5 and its depth was 10 kilometers.  For further information go to Carruthersville earthquake

The other earthquake happened this morning in Alabama. This one was not located in the New Madrid seismic zone but in the zone of intermittent regional seismicity. Alabama has occasional earthquakes and this is one of them.  For more information  go to Alabama earthquake

Monday, December 28, 2015

An Earthquake for the Holidays

In the doldrums between the Christmas and the New Years holidays the New Madrid seismic zone has decided to remind us that it is around by calling attention to itself.  This morning at about 8:20am a 2.6 magnitude earthquake occurred west of Millington, Tennessee. It occurred in the midst of stormy weather and did not attract much notice outside of our instrumentation.  For more information go to Millington Earthquake

Friday, December 18, 2015

204 years ago this week.

On Wednesday of this week the 204 years ago the first of the great New Madrid earthquakes occurred.  It would herald a burst of seismic activity in the central United States that would include 2 more major earthquakes and  change the face of the region for years to come.  These earthquakes are still being studied and discoveries are still being made about them. The earthquakes do not willingly give up their secrets and only by coaxing information from the past both geologic and historic can new information shed more light on the phenomena that would be felt across the North American continent all those years ago.  For more information about the earthquakes and their history go to New Madrid Comependium

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

An Earthquake Visits Covington

 Yesterday an earthquake caused a stir here. It was not technically a New Madrid Zone earthquake but was just to the north of Memphis near the town of Covington. We received numerous  phone calls  and many visits from the media asking us questions about the quake.  For further information visit this link Covington earthquake. Read and enjoy!