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Central USA preparing for mega earthquake that could kill tens of thousands of people

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By Jon Austin

The US is facing mega quakes in California, on the west coast and in the central states.

It is well known that California and most of the west coast of the USA are thought to be long overdue magnitude 7 or stronger earthquakes.

News there has been significant movement along the 800-mile San Andreas Fault in the Sunshine State and an emergency drill of how to deal with a devastating tsunami along the length of the west coast, have kept both impending natural disasters in the headlines across the globe.

But it has largely been forgotten that another potential disaster is lurking within the ground in Missouri.

The 150-mile long New Madrid Seismic Zone in New Madrid, Missouri, is the source of the concern, and is also thought to be overdue for a massive tremor, which would impact seven states – Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.

It has not seen significant earthquakes for more than 200 years.

In the winter of 1811 and 1812 there were three earthquakes of magnitude 7 – as high as 7.7 – and a series of aftershocks across the American Midwest.

The results were catastrophic, with the course of the Mississippi being diverted, chasms ripping open, and volcanoes of sand and water bursting through the ground.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) warned in 1999 there were four natural disasters which threatened the states.

They included major hurricanes hitting Miami and New Orleans, which has recently been rocked by Katrina, and megaquakes hitting Los Angeles, and the central USA.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) has a map of the country which includes a giant pink warning area over the central states.

Each year there are hundreds of small tremors in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, including a 3.5 magnitude quake last month, which many saw as a precursor.

The USGS even raised the threat level for 2016 after this increase in activity.

Although the risk to these areas is less trumpeted than California and the west coast, $260million was spent on seismic strengthening of the I-40 bridge over the Mississippi into Memphis.

It is hoped the crossing, which towers over the river, could now withstand the anticipated shocks.

Memphis state officials also reduced the main hospital by nine floors to limit the risk of collapse at a cost of $64m.

The Mid-America Earthquake Center at the University of Illinois released a report in 2009, which suggested the effects of a force seven or stronger quake from the fault line.

Amr Elnashai, the study’s lead author, wrote “All hell will break loose.”

The river might change course altogether. I mean if we’re at flood stage, it’s kind of the worst-of-the-worst case scenario.

The predicted scenario saw close to 715,000 buildings, including 130 hospitals, and 3,500 bridges damaged.

Deaths and injuries were estimated at 86,000 with a combined loss of $300billion.

The Central US Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) is based next to Memphis Airport.

James Wilkinson, its director, fears the Mississippi would be released from an engineered prison of levees, causing maximum damage.

He told The Atlantic: “The thing that, to me, makes the river scary is how much industry we have along it: there’s power plants, there’s chemical plants, there’s ports.

“And the river might change course altogether.

“I mean if we’re at flood stage, it’s kind of the worst-of-the-worst case scenario.

“So if the levees are already jeopardised either by overtopping or saturation, where the water’s been there for quite a while, and then you get a shake to it? “You know, the river’s just gonna take the path of least resistance. And who knows whether that’s right through these communities.

“I doubt it’s going to stay in the channel it’s in. The Army Corps of Engineers battles that on a daily basis but the river’s already trying to change course. “They keep it somewhat channeled, but in a massive earthquake we could lose a good part of Western Kentucky, we could lose a good part of Arkansas or southern Missouri.”

He is convinced it is only a matter of time.

He said: “We’ve had earthquakes, we’ve had damage, but nothing like what we’ve seen in other parts of the world. So the clock’s ticking.”

But not all seismologists agree.

Seth Stein, based in Evanston, Illinois, has researched the fault line for 30 years, and told The Atlantic the warnings were “dangerous nonsense”.

He set up GPS receivers along the fault line and found the land was moving two millimetres a year, if at all, meaning there is next to no strain within it.

He said: “Basically the way to think about the lithosphere – and it’s easy when you live in Chicago – is, imagine you have big chunks of ice floating around on the lake, and those things are sliding by each other. So those are the plate boundary earthquakes, like in California.

“But then within those big ice sheets you have small cracks. And there are very small motions within them. That’s how the big pieces stay together.”

He claims Stein any recorded new rumblings are still the aftershocks of the 1811-1812 events.

He added: “Every time there’s a magnitude 4 people like CUSEC are claiming giant earthquake’s on the way.

“And you think about this, and you look into the rock physics and it says no, it’s the opposite. Those are aftershocks.”

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5 Mississippi Lawmakers Die In Months; Pro-Agenda 21 Legislator Jessica Upshaw Found Dead Of Gunshot Wound

5 Mississippi Lawmakers Die In Months; Pro-Agenda 21 Legislator Jessica Upshaw Found Dead Of Gunshot Wound

The Baker’s Dozen of BP Whistle-Blowing Victims

5 Mississippi state lawmakers have died within the past few months, including the recent death of Jessica Upshaw who recently took a great deal of blame for not allowing a vote to kill Agenda 21 in Mississippi. Upshaw represented a district that included the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and was said to have committed suicide. Could this have something to do with the BP oil spill and all of the mysterious deaths surrounding that? I find it strange that 5 politicians from the same state have died within the last few months. What else is going on down there? Is there an ‘Agenda 21’ hit list? Are the Feds mad that she brought Agenda 21 to this level of attention? From the Daily Mail.:

Authorities in Mississippi are investigating after a state representative was found dead in a suspected suicide at the home of a former lawmaker, according to local officials. The death of Republican Rep Jessica Upshaw, 53, of the 95th District in Diamondhead, was confirmed by Simpson County Coroner Terry Tutor.
She was a Republican from Diamondhead along the state’s coast. Mendenhall (where she was found) is about 110 miles away from her hometown.

Upshaw is the fifth Mississippi lawmaker in to die in the last few months.
Joe Gardner of Batesville, died last month of a heart attack at the age of 68. Democratic Rep. David Gibbs, of West Point, died January 13.

Two Democratic state senators, Bennie Turner, of West Point, and Alice Harden, of Jackson, died in late 2012.
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From Stop Agenda 21 we learn more about Jessica Upshaw.:

Representative Jessica Upshaw is a Republican member of the Mississippi House of Representatives. She currently serves as Chairman of the Conservation and Water Resources Committee.

The Anti-Agenda 21 Bill, H.B. 801, submitted by Representative Becky Currie was sent to Rep. Upshaw’s committee on February 20 and it ultimately died in that committee on March 6 with no action. The bill was submitted in response to a Resolution exposing and opposing Agenda 21 which was passed unanimously by the Republican National Committee on January 13. CLICK HERE to view the Resolution.

When asked why she stated that she would not allow the bill to get to the House floor for a vote, she simply stated that she did not feel it is the right time.

Representative Upshaw chose to make an arbitrary decision rather than reviewing the documentation presented to her and to the Conservative Coalition and in doing so, robbed our legislators of an opportunity to protect our state from the growing tentacles of Agenda 21.

For anyone who is not aware of Agenda 21 and the role that it plays in what we see unfolding across America today, this excellent video from Red Ice Creations shares that the “UN Agenda 21 is the Blueprint for the Framework of the New World Order.”

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Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures: The Fight Against The Mighty Mississippi

Islands in the stream: The extraordinary homemade dams holding back the Mississippi as desperate residents try to save their homes

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 9:23 PM on 19th May 2011

Residents go to extreme measures to save their homes

We’ve all undertaken home improvements but these residents in flood-stricken Mississippi have had to embark on major construction projects just to protect their houses and livelihoods.

These homes in Vicksburg are all situated along the Yazoo River, a tributary of the overflowing Mississippi River, and their owners have surrounded themselves with tons of earth and sand.

With questions over whether the main levees that protect the area from floods would hold, these farmers took no chances and have so far saved their homes and crops from destruction.
See the video below…


Leaking: This homeowner sealed off the driveway to their house but water has crept in over the back of the makeshift levee – not surprising when the Mississippi River’s height has swollen to 56.3 feet – a record high



Braced: The flooding is expected to reach its highest point in Vicksburg tomorrow

The destruction is enormous and ever-growing. Unfortunately, Americans not directly affected by the destruction seem to be paying very much attention. These pictures are not isolated. This catastrophe reaches across multiple states, destroying thousands of homes and forcing many into a refugee status. After devastating tornadoes and wildfires, they now have to face a flood of near biblical proportions. And, here, in America! These disasters remind us of who REALLY is in control. Who has the power. Man, or God. From anyone’s vantage point. We see who wins that battle. If you are in a position to help your fellow Americans. Please do so! And if YOU are not prepared for a sudden emergency. PREPARE HERE



DIY: This home in Vicksburg, Mississippi is surrounded by tons of earth and sand as its owner tries to hold back the floodwaters from the Yazoo River

The flooding, which has been ongoing since the last week of April, is expected to reach its peak in Vicksburg tomorrow.

However, temporary measures have not worked for everyone.

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The flooding claimed its first life today, after an elderly man slipped while clinging to a fence and drowned before authorities could come to his aid.

Two firefighters on a boat patrol on Wednesday spotted Walter Cook, 69, holding on to the fence in chest-deep water. By the time they reached him, Cook was floating in the water.

The elderly man died overnight at River Region Medical Center in Vicksburg of ‘hypoxic brain injury due to drowning,’ the coroner stated.

Hypoxia is an abnormal condition resulting from a decrease in the oxygen supplied to or utilised by body tissue.

Access route: A small white boat at the right of this protected house gives some idea of how the residents may get to the road with their home cut off

No room with a view: The walls of the levee are almost the same height as the roof of the house

Not quite so resilient: The homemade dam around this home in Vicksburg wasn’t quite high enough

Vicksburg has seen the worst of the floods with the Mississippi River’s height swelling to 56.3 feet at its highest point, eclipsing the record set in 1927.

Employees at Dirt Works, Inc, a cement production business in South Vicksburg, built a makeshift levee to protect the business but it burst on Monday.

The Yazoo River’s Backwater Levee connects with the main Mississippi River levee, and with the Mississippi River overflowing the Yazoo River has been forced to top its banks where they meet, near Vicksburg.

With heavy rains having left the ground saturated there has been widespread flooding along three million acres of farmland from Illinois to Louisiana along the Mississippi.

Around 15 miles of the Mississippi River, which had been closed since Tuesday, has now been reopened with the region and the nation absorbing huge financial losses from the closure.


Washout: Floodwater from the Yazoo river creeps across fields of crops near Yazoo City

If mother nature could paint: Water sweeps across acres of fields like a paint brush


Beautiful disaster: The image from above of water flooding fields looks like modern art

Devastated: This aerial shot over Vicksburg shows the ominous rise of floodwater around homes



Sinking: Little more than the tops of trees remain above the water’s surface

The Yazoo River is a relatively thin tributary of the Mississippi River but their connection has led to the flooding of around 300 acres of farmland

Some 600 boats use the river every day, transporting 500m tons of cargo, keeping the river closed for any length of time would potentially cripple local industries and dent the American economy.

Economic experts had warned earlier this week that the closure of the river could cost $300m a day.

The 15-mile stretch at Natchez in Vicksburg had been closed because waters were near the very top of the levee and it was feared wake from passing ships may cause the levee to breach.

But on Wednesday, forecasters lowered their expectation for how high floodwaters will get.

They are now predicting that the Mississippi River will crest at Vicksburg at 57.1 feet tomorrow, lower than recent predictions, and that if the water does go over the Yazoo Backwater Levee, it will be only a trickle.


Floating boaters: Dennis Barkemeyer (right) inspects a temporary levee built around a medical center in Vidalia, Louisiana

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