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NEW MADRID: The Earthquakes of 1811-1812   
NOLA Code: NMEQ 00H1
Program Length: 1/30
Format: HD
Version: Base
Closed Captioned: Yes
Stereo: Yes
SAP: None
V-Chip: TV-G
Short Description: Beginning in 1811 and lasting through part of 1812, one of North America's strongest earthquake sequences struck the western frontier of the United States. However, this wasn't California, but the Mississippi River Valley – what is now the country's heartland. Some of these quakes were felt a thousand miles away and created Reelfoot, Tennessee's largest natural lake.

This documentary takes a historical look at the massive quakes that struck the tiny frontier town of New Madrid, MO. Eyewitness accounts bring to life what must have been a terrifying experience. The program also gives a scientific perspective on the New Madrid Seismic Zone. For all the technology and information at their disposal, today's scientists still don't know exactly why we even have earthquakes in the Central U.S. In 1811, there was very little damage and few casualties caused by the New Madrid quakes. However, an equally powerful earthquake today in this area would be catastrophic, with a global impact. We will take a look at the threat posed to a large section of the country; how much and what kind of damage we might expect if “The Big One” were to strike today.

Broadcast Rights: Unlimited
School Rights: Unlimited
Non-Commercial Rights: Y
VOD Rights: Yes
VOD Rights Type: Other
Rights Period: 30-Jun-12 to 29-Jun-20
Available: Royalty free to NETA members and subscribers
Producer: Kip Cole
Memphis, TN 38119
Co-Producer: Gary Patterson
University of Memphis 3892 Central Ave.
, TN 38152
Phone: (901) 678-5264
Presenter: WKNO
Date Produced: 2012
Funding: Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA)
US Geological Survey (USGS)
West Tennessee Seismic Safety Commission (WTSSC
Local Underwriting Cleared: Yes
Website: itmattersareyouprepared.org/wordpress/newmadrid/