Mark your calendars! The New Madrid fault line will slip! "Southern Illinois, southeast Missouri, western Kentucky and northwest Tennessee would be among the hardest hit areas." The last time the New Madrid (1812) slipped the Mississippi River flowed backwards (see map showing waterfalls) creating Reelfoot Lake (Eagle Cam and history and info) and rung church bells in Richmond, Virginia and Boston, Massachusetts.
The probability of magnitude 6.0 or greater in the near future is considered significant; a 90% chance of such an earthquake by the year 2040 has been given. [Source]
Memphis could very well be the next Katrina! So, how do I know that a 7.7 will hit on June 19, 2007?
A mock earthquake – drill – June 19, 2007 will register a magnitude of 7.7 and last 34 seconds, encompassing the entire New Madrid area. Southern Illinois, southeast Missouri, western Kentucky and northwest Tennessee would be among the hardest hit areas. [Source]
The Associated Press released these details of the drill on August 18, 2006.
Kevin Turner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah (images) and the Honeywell International Plant in Metropolis, Ill., (links) which produces uranium hexaflouride, are both near the fault line.
Each could produce devastating fallout in a major earthquake… [Source]
Check out all the recent activity in East TN! A previous blog entry regarding New Madrid.