Foreshock? A Significant Earthquake Just Hit The New Madrid Fault Seismic Zone

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Kentucky 3.5 EarthquakeCould the earthquake that just struck the New Madrid fault seismic zone near the town of La Center, Kentucky be a “foreshock” for a much bigger quake yet to come?  Very early on Sunday morning, a magnitude 3.5 earthquake hit western Kentucky, and it was felt in parts of three other states as well.  In fact, it is being reported that the quake could be felt all the way over in Miller, Missouri, which is 267 miles away.  The New Madrid fault seismic zone is six times larger than the more famous San Andreas fault zone in California, and it covers portions of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.  Scientists tell us that the New Madrid fault is about 30 years overdue for a major event, and because of the nature of the Earth’s crust in that part of the country, a major earthquake would do significant damage all the way to the east coast.


A big Hollywood blockbuster was named after the San Andreas fault, but the truth is that the New Madrid fault has the potential to do vastly more damage.  That is why what happened in a remote section of western Kentucky very early this morning was so alarming

An earthquake near La Center, Kentucky was felt in parts of Illinois and Missouri early on Sunday morning.

According to the National Weather Service in Paducah and the USGS, a magnitude 3.5 was recorded about 8.7 miles north of La Center and 24.2 miles west of Paducah. It happened around 1:12 a.m. and had a depth of about 8.3 miles.

Quite often, there are “foreshocks” that warn us that a major earthquake is coming to a particular area, and many are wondering if this event qualifies.

Most Americans don’t tend to think of the middle of the country as an area that is in danger from earthquakes, but the truth is that some of the worst earthquakes in U.S. history have taken place along the New Madrid fault.  The following comes from the USGS

The New Madrid seismic zone of southeast Missouri and adjacent States is the most seismically active in North America east of the Rockies. During the winter of 1811-1812 three very large earthquakes devastated the area and were felt throughout most of the Nation. They occurred a few weeks apart on December 16, January 23, and February 7. Hundreds of aftershocks, some severely damaging by themselves, continued for years. Prehistoric earthquakes similar in size to those of 1811-1812 occurred in the middle 1400’s and around 900 A.D. Strong, damaging earthquakes struck the southwestern end of the seismic zone near Marked Tree, Arkansas in 1843 (magnitude 6.3), and the northeastern end near Charleston, Missouri in 1895 (magnitude 6.6). Since 1900, moderately damaging earthquakes have struck the seismic zone every few decades.

Those earthquakes in 1811 and 1812 tore thousands of very deep fissures in the ground, they caused the Mississippi River to actually run backwards in some places, and they caused sidewalks to crack in Washington D.C. and church bells to ring in Boston.

In our time, the U.S. Geological Survey has admitted that the New Madrid fault zone has the “potential for larger and more powerful quakes than previously thought“, and we have seen the number of significant earthquakes in the middle part of the country more than quintuple in recent years.

If a magnitude 7 or magnitude 8 earthquake were to strike along the New Madrid fault today, the damage that would be done would be absolutely unimaginable because of the nature of the Earth’s crust in this region.  According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, earthquakes along the New Madrid fault “shake and damage an area approximately 20 times larger than earthquakes in California”

Due to the harder, colder, drier and less fractured nature of the rocks in the earth’s crust in the central United States, earthquakes in this region shake and damage an area approximately 20 times larger than earthquakes in California and most other active seismic areas. Even though large earthquakes occur much less frequently in the NMSZ than in California, the long term average quake threat, in terms of square miles affected per century, is about the same because of the approximately 20 times larger area affected in the central United States.

Are you starting to get an idea of just how devastating this kind of disaster could be?

Once upon a time, our continent almost divided along the New Madrid fault.  Of course that didn’t happen, but a massive scar formed deep underground, and this area of weakness has remained ever since.  The following comes from Wikipedia

The faults responsible for the New Madrid Seismic Zone are embedded in a subsurface geological feature known as the Reelfoot Rift that formed during the breakup of the supercontinent Rodinia in the Neoproterozoic Era (about 750 million years ago). The resulting rift system failed to split the continent, but has remained as an aulacogen (a scar or zone of weakness) deep underground, and its ancient faults appear to have made the Earth’s crust in the New Madrid area mechanically weaker than much of the rest of North America.

This relative weakness is important, because it would allow the relatively small east-west compressive forces associated with the continuing continental drift of the North American plate to reactivate old faults around New Madrid, making the area unusually prone to earthquakes in spite of it being far from the nearest tectonic plate boundary.

One day, I believe that a major seismic event in the area of this deep scar will literally divide the United States in half.

What that will do to our country is the kind of stuff that apocalyptic novels are written about.

And it is also important to keep in mind that there are 15 nuclear reactors along the New Madrid fault zone, so if a massive earthquake did strike the region we could be looking at Fukushima times 15.

So yes, I am always concerned whenever a significant earthquake hits the New Madrid fault.

On another note, I want to thank everyone who has helped make my new book entitled “The Rapture Verdict” such a roaring success.  Over the weekend it actually bumped into the top 300 on  At one point it was sitting at #237 out of more than 3,000,000 books currently listed on the site.

In Matthew 24, Jesus warned us that the time just prior to His return would be marked by earthquakes in diverse places, and right now we are witnessing a dramatic rise in seismic activity all over the planet.

A great shaking is coming to this nation, and the majority of Americans are completely unprepared for it.

Are you?

*About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of End Of The American Dream. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on*

  • avb

    Man destroying himself through knowledge.
    Stop hollowing out the crust and causing destabilization.
    Stop atomic testing.

  • Robert

    It is not only nuc plants but also petrochemical plants all of which could turn a large part of the Gulf of Mexico into a toxic “pond”. The states with coast lines along the Gulf would be in big trouble. Also the MS river is the main conduit for moving much of the nation’s commodities to ports for shipping. It would be a lot more than a temporary problem. Hopefully minor shocks ease the plate pressures. So little is really known about earthquakes other than postmortem.

  • MaxRockatansky33

    More shale oil fractioning will make things only worse.

    • jacobin

      3.5 quake is nothing. These sites cant come up w/ enough doom to keep the clik bait tapping, so they do stories like these

    • FauxScienceSlayer

      You are NUTS….Wiki/Earth_tides

      Every day the Moon lifts Earth’s crust 18″, then drops it again, pulling the tectonic rifts and ratcheting thecpkates. Variable cosmic rays cause variable internal fission, causing variable volcanism, earthquakescand variable climate. Current Earth science is an elitist fraud, see

      Geo-nuclear tab at FausScienceSlayer site….

    • bvikay

      You need to be better informed. The earths crust never stops moving. It is a fact. Take geology 101. You might learn something.

    • kodster

      Explain this to me, then. How come North Dakota has NEVER experienced an earthquake, yet this is where the technology for fracking was created, because of the shale formations covering the oil deposits. Your belief that fracking is the cause of the earthquakes is faulty, at best. Explain earthquakes in other ‘diverse’ places, that have NOTHING to do with fracking. There’s another cause, and it has nothing to do with what is ON or IN the planet, but outside our atmosphere. It’s the gravitational pull of another heavenly body upon the earth. This would also explain the strange ‘trumpet’ sounds people have been hearing all over the planet, too. Those are the literal ‘groanings’ of the planet as the crust is being moved all over the planet.

  • watchmannonthewall

    Wasn’t the Madrid peace agreement between the Arabs and Israel an agreement whereby Israel was to voluntarily (ahem- with US coersion) give up portions of the land of Israel in return for peace? Wasn’t this an agreement the first Bushman supported, and are you aware of the problems the US had within just a short period of time each time it attempted to force Israel to give up land? Can you say Katrina? It is the best known of the judgments!

    How’s that working for US?

    Do we think it just MIGHT be significant that the name of the agreement is “The MADRID Agreement”? Does Scripture reveal any idea God has a sense of the paradoxical? Well, yes it does!

    We force the division of Israel’s land and should expect God to divide ours. Is it a coincidence it may well be along a “fault” of the same name?? If so, is God trying to tell us something?

    Do unto others what you would have them do unto you!
    Measure for measure!

    You would think our leadership would figure this out. eventually! But they haven’t and so our current leader is at it once again; attempting to force Israel to give up the Golan Heights! Help! The wise man ceases!

    • James Staten

      I believe it was the first time that America demanded that Israel sit down with the PLO? George H W Bush demanded Israel sit down to talk about dividing the Land. The Madrid Peace Conference, I believe it took place in 1991? There have been several authors who have written about this, but George Clooney starred in the movie “The Perfect Storm”. Apparently at the very moment the conference was beginning, a combination of storms combined and went retrograde in the Atlantic, something they had never seen before. If my understanding is correct it went backwards, and the “Bulls-Eye” was the Bush Compound at Kennebunkport, Maine. 30 Ft waves hit the residence, and all that was left was a shell of the structure. They spent millions to rebuild. You should read about Ariel Sharon, George W Bush, and Katrina, but it sounds as if you already have? Keep Looking Up, James

      • Gay Veteran

        now explain all the tornadoes that routinely strike the Bible Belt

        • James Staten

          You wouldn’t believe me.

    • Gay Veteran

      you Israel Firsters need to send YOUR money to Israel, keep OUR tax dollars here at home

  • James King

    a pipsqueak 3.5 magnitude quake is “significant” for you?!? Are you serious????

    • James Staten

      I sit at the literal epicenter of the New Madrid. The ground in this area of the country becomes like quicksand, that’s why in 1811-1812 about 100 miles North of Memphis, several thousand acres? sank, and the Miss. River ran backwards for a few days to form Reelfoot Lake. A great fishing spot, a friend spent the day there just recently!!! I might add that I am Looking Up for the Blessed Hope.

      • FauxScienceSlayer

        A good ripple in this area will bust dams, locks and levees all

        along the Ohio and Mississippi, flush New Orleans in the Gulf.

        • James Staten

          Yep, I understand

    • Beth

      A 3.5 is significant in the facts stated by scientist, because for years they stated, as long as the little ones occur don’t worry about the “big one” changed their minds and said the little ones are now leading up to a big one! I live nearly right on top of this fault and I do worry about a 3.5 or any quake!

    • kodster

      In the New Madrid seismic zone, a 3.5 could create a lot of damage, as the article states. You might want to do a bit of research on the 1811-1812 quakes, as to how much damage was done, to a sparsely populated region. Today, it would be devastating, life-wise, as well as property damage.

  • Troody

    There have been bigger quakes on the New Madrid fault line….just saying. Are you just trying to scare people or do you know something we don’t?

  • Musivick

    edgar Cayce fortells this future event of the miles wide inlet from Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes that will come about

    • Android

      I’ll trust the Bible over demonic Cayce any day. Jesus Christ, the Messiah, already told us what signs to look for not long before He returns (Matthew 24/Luke 21).

  • Millennium

    Major earthquakes have occurred all around the ring of fire over the last decade except for the west coast of the United States. How much longer before the west coast gets theirs?

    • bvikay

      Apparently you follow the ignorant idiots in this world. Read some history about the planet earth.

      • Millennium

        The sand you want to stick your head in is that way ——–>

        • kodster

          Yep, send him over to the Islamic countries of the Middle East… see how he likes having his head in the sand, and his derriere stuck up in the air, so that the indigenous natives can have their way with him.

  • bvikay

    While majoring in Geology at a California college in 1960 we were taught that the New Madrid fault zone was the worse area in North America. Why is this “news” today? Ah yes. MSM keeps the American people “informed”, right? They are a joke. No wonder the people rate news media below the congress. They are nothing more than a propaganda arm of the progressive left. They could care less about the truth.

  • bob

    If you think a major quake along the new Madrid fault would be bad, wait til large oil and natural gas pipelines that criss cross that fault blow when that quake does happen. Wait til the 15 nuclear power plants all along the fault go.

    • James Staten

      What if an EMP were created? Most reactors in America would be involved. The living would envy the dead!!!!

    • Jim

      All I can say is I am glad that I live several hundred miles west of there I will feel it but at least the wind goes west to east from here.

      • Vunderkint

        Don’t discount the unforeseen effects that will affect you.

        • Jim

          We are getting ready for any shtf event which this will defiantly be.

  • kodster

    It’s a prelude to the one coming on 9/11 (Day of Atonement)… the one where the entire planet is going to shift on its axis, back to its original alignment. That’s what all the volcanic and seismic activity increase has been preparing for.

  • Alleged Comment

    They keep saying the sodomite wants to divide Israel and if we Americans let the usurper divide it G*d will divide America via the Madrid fault?

  • Dillard Munsell


  • Taking care of business!

    Brought to you by the Feds and HAARP.

  • Que sera sera