New Madrid Bicentennial Galas Planned

woodcutSeveral of the largest historical earthquakes to strike the continental United States occurred in the winter of 1811-1812 along the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which stretches from just west of Memphis, Tennessee into southern Illinois. These earthquakes produced at least three temblors between magnitude 7-8, and hundreds of aftershocks.

In 2011 and 2012, there will be events held throughout the central United States observing the 200th Anniversary of the great 1811 and 1812 New Madrid earthquakes that forever changed the mid-western landscape. These quakes were felt across the U.S. and as far south as the Gulf of Mexico, and as far north as Canada. Organizations from across the United States will participate in the bicentennial events, which range from conferences, workshops, public outreach events, multi-state earthquake exercises, field trips, and more.  Organizers of the New Madrid Bicentennial events (NMB) are already planning the following activities:

Bicentennial Kickoff – February 11, 2011
Earthquake Awareness Month –
February 2011
Seismological Society of America Meeting
– April 2011
Great Central U.S. ShakeOut
– April 28, 2011 @ 10:15a.m.
National Level Exercise (NLE2011)
– May 16-20, 2011
Earthquake Awareness Month
– February 2012
National Earthquake Conference
– April 2012
EERI Annual Conference
– April 2012
St. Jude Dream Home Partnership –
April 2012

In recognition of the 200th Anniversary of the New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812, the US Geological Survey has released several short videos on YouTube.  The videos come in time for the official NMB Kickoff, slated for February 11, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Kickoff is being held as part of the 18th Annual “Earthquakes:  Mean Business” seminar being hosted by St. Louis University.

The video series include topics on New Madrid earthquake history, science, planning, and more.  View the videos below or by visiting the YouTube channel at –