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Earthquakes -- Missouri -- New Madrid Region

The following sources are recommended by a professor emerita whose research specialty is the New Madrid earthquakes of the early nineteenth century.


Six Superlative Sources

· Bagnall, Norma Hayes. On Shaky Ground: The New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812. University of Missouri Press, 1996, 114 pages. This text is part of the "Missouri Heritage Series" designed for new adult readers and covers facts and lore of the quakes that appeal to a broad audience. It begins with a brief history of the region and follows through the effect on people who experienced the quakes, the scientific findings, and predictions of quakes to come. Illustrated with charts, maps, and photographs. Index and bibliography.

· Fuller, Myron L. The New Madrid Earthquake. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1912; reprint, Ramfre Press, 1966 and 1990, 120 pages. This is an early look at the earthquake by a scientist and is illustrated with charts, maps, and photographs. Fuller includes some stories of the effects on people in this comprehensive text. Index and bibliography.

· Johnston, Arch C. "The Rift, the River and the Earthquake." (Earth, January 1992, pp. 34-43.) Johnston describes the story of the New Madrid Seismic Zone, tells about the quakes of 1811-1812, and suggests what could happen in the future.

· Penick, James, Jr. The New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812. University of Missouri Press, 1976 and 1981 (revised), 181 pp. Penick cites newspaper and journal accounts from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to amass a clear, comprehensive look at the quakes. He cites as sources those residents most affected, some unschooled and uneducated, to give a vivid picture of the quakes and make predictions about the future. Illustrated with maps and drawings, and an essay on sources is included. Index.

· Stewart, David, and Ray Knox. The Earthquake America Forgot: 2000 Temblors in Five Months...And It Will Happen Again! Gutenberg-Richter Publications, 1995, 375 pp. This is a comprehensive look at the New Madrid earthquake and how it affected people and the land. Included are predictions for future quakes along the New Madrid Seismic Zone. Illustrated with maps, charts, and photographs. Index.

· Stewart, David, and Ray Knox. The Earthquake That Never Went Away: The Shaking Stopped in 1812, But the Impact Goes On. Gutenberg-Richter Press, 1993, 223 pages. This focuses primarily on the effects of the quakes on the land. Available is a set of over 100 slides to accompany this text so educators can present programs about Mississippi Valley earthquakes. Illustrated with charts, maps, and photographs. Bibliography and index.

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