Small earthquakes along New Madrid fault not uncommon

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 | 11:22 a.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — The New Madrid fault line has been rumbling again. And while an earthquake expert says a recent series of small quakes isn't unusual, it is a reminder of what the active fault is capable of.

Four small quakes have been reported near New Madrid in southeast Missouri in the past week. The largest was a magnitude 3.1 quake on Friday that was felt in parts of Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky. No damage was reported.

Robert Hermann of the Earthquake Center at Saint Louis University says a quake large enough to be felt happens about once a month in the region, and quakes with magnitude 2.0 and smaller happen on an almost daily basis.

But Hermann is careful not to downplay the rumbling because many experts fear it is only a matter of time before another big quake hits the region.


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Richard Guy December 22, 2009 | 4:34 p.m.

The New Madrid Fault line is always quaking for it is along the Mississippi Fault line. We have to accept that the fault line will always be active. This means that we must always be prepared for the big one. The Mississippi is an expansion line in North America just like the Mid Atlantic Ridge in the Atlantic. They are both expansion points and they are expanding. So be prepared for the eventuality when it comes; as it will. The 1811 1812 earthquakes tore open a hillside in Lampoc Californis. This fissure has never been connected with the New Madrid but it just shows that the fault in a major earthquake can cause damage far away from the epicenter. The Mississippi is expanding slowly. Engineers know that this expansion can drop bridges. This has happened in the past and again quite recently. Retrofitting bridges is a small part of prepardness but it is a step in the right direction. See:
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Richard Guy December 23, 2009 | 5:18 p.m.

In a few million years New Orleans will have sunk totally and the entire North American Continent will be split in two along the Mississippi Fault line. The process is now going on with the sinking of New Orleans and the Louisiana coastline. All River Valleys are fault lines and they are also expanding. That is why many large earthquakes occur along river valleys e.e.the New Madrid. There are hundreds of earthquakes along the Missisippi each year. The Colorado River is perhaps the most seismically active fault line in the USA. The Grand Canyon is constantly shaking as it expands. So we tend to focus on the New Madrid Fault but the next big quake could strike anywhere. If we were not so strictured by false scientific precepts we would see that Earthquakes are manifestations of Earth Expansion. Our Planet Earth is expanding and we cant see it because of what Lyell and Darwin told us over 100 years ago. With all that we have learnt since the second half of the last century we still cling to "Isostatic Rebound" as Geological Dogma. That is what is holding up progress in the Earth Sciences and Geology.
Lyell was wrong in his analysis and Darwin follow in his vein of thought. Both these gentlemen are responsible for the greatest deterrent to scientific progress. They both made a simple mistake by drawing the wrong conclusion from their observations. Darwin saw a raised beach: It appeared to him that the land was raising from the sea. That is where he went wrong: it was the sea that was receding from the land the land was not rising, as he thought. Darwin recorded that observation and it has come down to us, with added embellishments as "Isostatic Rebound". Until Geology gets rid of that doctrine the science will remain static. There is so much more wonderful things to learn about our earth if we abandon the flawed concept of "Isostatic Rebound" and let the light shine. It will reveal amazing scientific discoveries.
Below is a review of my book ' The Mysterious Receding Seas" which may be obtained
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If Guy's theory of “The Mysterious Receding Seas” proves correct it will have monumental implications for the future of science for what Guy is saying makes an awful lot of sense; we should listen

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