FEMA made predictions in late 2008 that a major catastrophic earth quake would hit the New Madrid Fault line which runs near Western Tennessee and Eastern Arkansas. According to predictions this major quake would effect much of the following states Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee and possibly Virginia.
These predictions have been increasing since 2000. Is there any reason for the Tennessee-Arkansas area to be alarmed?
The U.S Geological Survey has also predicted a major 6 or 7 magnitude quake could hit the New Madrid Fault line sometime within the next 50 years.
The most notable prediction for a major New Madrid Quake came from Infamous Dr Browning. Browning was given credit for predicting a San Francisco quake that did happen according to prediction but he was not the one who predicted it! Browning predicted that a major quake would hit near the Memphis area on December 3rd 1990. Many cities were preparing for the "BIG ONE' along the Tennessee-Arkansas border. Businesses shut down along with churches and community services. Stores ran out of food. Children had nightmares and hotels were booked solid by the media. The date of the 'BIG ONE' came and went with no quake but media world wide so believed the prediction that calls came from Tokyo, Paris, London and many other cities wanting to know the 'extent of the damage!"
The end of July came with a 'shake' for many near Chattanooga, Tennessee when a 4.9 quake rocked cell phones off dressers in some areas. there were conflicting reports that another smaller quake was felt earlier in the week in the Lower Eastern Tennessee Valley. On Monday, July 3rd 3 small earth quakes were recorded in Virginia.
Few quakes have hit the Tennessee area. The first recorded quake happened during the quakes of 1811 and 1812 in Western Tennessee. This series of quakes is recorded as the most significant events in U. S. history. Maximum intensity for each of the large shocks is estimated at XII! Topographic changes were noted in an area of over 130,00 square kilometers.
From Memphis to Knoxville a quake was felt in 1843 knocking down brick chimneys near Memphis. In 1844 a quake rattled Knoxville knocking bricks from walls. People panicked in Memphis during a 1895 quake that knocked pictures from walls. In 1913 fire alarms went off near Knoxville during a strong quake and several strong aftershocks hit the Eastern Tennessee Valley for several weeks. Brick walls cracked along the Tennessee-Arkansas border in 1927. The shocks from the 1927 quake was felt in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois. In 1941 a quake near Dyersburg, Tennessee cracked the wall of a courthouse. Dyersburg, Tennessee once again was the center of yet another quake in 1952 where the press reported concrete block walls cracked. Near the Tennessee-Arkansas border a quake in 1955 broke windows and damaged plaster walls. A 1956 quake that shook up Eastern Tennessee was felt in Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia and all states reported effects from several aftershocks. South of Knoxville in 1973 a sequence of one foreshock, a magnitude 4.6 main shock and 30 aftershocks was registered in Virginia, West Virginia, North and South Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia. Additional aftershocks were felt for days after this quake (s)