New Madrid: The Earthquakes of 1811-1812

Historic New MadridThis documentary tells the story of the historic earthquakes of 1811 and 1812 that struck near the town of New Madrid, MO and proceeded to rattle a big part of the country for the next six months. To watch the documentary, visit http://vimeo.com/38864818.


ResearcherThe program also looks at the science behind earthquakes in the New Madrid Seismic Zone - why we have earthquakes in the Central U.S. and why they seem to be more powerful and destructive than quakes on the west coast of the country. The documentary won bronze a national 2013 Telly Award for outstanding documentary.



RiverboatSponsors of the project are the West Tennessee Seismic Safety Commission (WTSSC), the University of Memphis Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI), the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey. Kip Cole, Pale Moon Media in Memphis, directed/produced and Gary Patterson, WTSSC/CERI, was executive producer. Eric Bouchoc, AnimMan Studios in Memphis, completed the computer animation for the documentary. Additional projects contributors were: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas Archaeological Survey, University of Memphis Department of Earth Sciences, Memphis Riverfront Development Commission, Central US Earthquake Consortium, Reelfoot Lake State Park and Visitors Center, WKNO Public Television in Memphis, the New Madrid Museum (New Madrid MO) and Luther Bradfute.

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