March 24, 1991 |
An earthquake along part of the New Madrid fault zone rattled parts of southeastern Missouri early Saturday but no injuries or damage were reported, authorities said. The magnitude of the quake was estimated at between 3.0 and 3.4.
March 27, 1986 |
A major earthquake in the central United States will give some soils the consistency of quicksand, toppling even many quake-resistant buildings, officials said Wednesday. E. Erie Jones, executive director of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium, a seven-state disaster preparedness agency, urged that building codes and land-use regulations be changed to prepare for the liquefaction risks in an earthquake.
December 3, 1990 |
One man's prediction of an earthquake along the New Madrid Fault from Illinois to Mississippi will prove to be a total non-event, a geologist said. But many residents waited anxiously for today to come and go, the day New Mexico climatologist Iben Browning said was the most likely for a quake. Skeptics partied to music like "Shake, Rattle and Roll" and ordered Jell-O for dessert so they could watch it wiggle.
May 18, 1999 |
Finding fault around here is easy. Interpreting it is not. The New Madrid fault, which cuts through five states along the Mississippi River, ruptured with three of the most monstrous earthquakes ever during the winter of 1811-12. Legend has it the ground shook so violently that the Mississippi ran backward and folks as far off as Canada trembled. So Midwesterners have to wonder: Will it ever happen again?
August 5, 1990 |
Iben Browning holds dozens of patents in several specialties, but it's his earthquake projections that are stirring up notoriety he says he'd rather do without. Browning said at a conference in Missouri last year there was a high probability of an earthquake along the New Madrid Fault this Dec. 2. He was deluged by calls. He insists that he did not predict an earthquake. "The public always wants everything in black and white," Browning said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1989 |
Memphis, Nashville and St. Louis are vulnerable to an earthquake more powerful than the temblor that rocked and ravaged the San Francisco Bay Area last month, scientists told Congress recently. The New Madrid, Mo., Fault, within easy striking distance of these and other cities, spawned quakes in excess of magnitude 8.0 in 1811 and 1812, forming lakes, altering the path of the mighty Mississippi River and ringing church bells in Boston. The Oct. 17 California quake measured magnitude 7.