The New Madrid Fault

I grew up in Indiana, knowing about the fault line that ran through the bottom of Indiana, and knowing that one day that fault was going to go.

Well, concern for that fault line is back.

In May, the Federal government ran an exercise, simulating the 7.7 earthquake that happened in 1811. They estimated 100,000 deaths  and more than 7 million displaced from their homes – and many more without power, water, etc.

Here’s an excerpt from an article in Wired:

“Electric power would go out, not for days, but for weeks and months in the four state region,” he said. “Municipal water systems, they all run on electricity, don’t they? Well, people are gonna get thirsty. You need water for firefighting, don’t you? Second, all gasoline pumps run on electric power. Same with diesel fuel. So in terms of road mobility, of getting the relief forces in, and evacuating people out — no gasoline? The cascading failures go on and on.”

Including, potentially, a Fukushima on the Mississippi. 15 nuclear power plants are in the New Madrid seismic zone.

Now, whether or not you believe that a future EMP attack will ever happen… even if you don’t believe that the Carrington Effect will be repeated…

How about doing a little preparation for this?



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