Today, while driving from Memphis, TN, to Saint Louis, MO, I passed the town of New Madrid on the highway and decided to stop and see the earthquake fault.
In 1812, a very powerful earthquake hit New Madrid, MO. The quake temporarily reversed the flow of the Mississippi River and created sand volcanos. You can read about it Here.
The New Madrid fault presents danger to both Saint Louis and Memphis. By some estimates, when the fault slips again the earthquake would destroy both Memphis and Saint Louis. Large quakes have occurred at New Madrid in 2350 BC, 300 AD, 900 AD, 1450 AD, and 1812 AD. You can read more Here.
A view from the observation deck.
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