Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Greatest Quake of All


Two hundred years ago today the greatest of the New Madrid earthquakes occurred. The epicenter of the quake was at New Madrid, Missouri where eyewitnesses left vivid descriptions of the fury of nature that they witnessed.  Unique among them was Eliza Bryan(or Bryant) who was the only woman to leave an account of what occurred.  She was a resident of the town and would remain after the destruction of the quake and continue to live there until dying there after the Civil War.  For her description of the quake visit http://www.ceri.memphis.edu/compendium/ and press the button for eyewitness accounts, then read her biography and click on her name for the account.

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