Monster Sinkholes An Indication That Major Earth Changes Are Coming Along The New Madrid Fault?

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The most powerful earthquakes in the history of the United States happened along the New Madrid Fault in 1811 and 1812.  Those earthquakes were reportedly felt more than 1,000 miles away.  Scientists assure us that one day we will once again see very powerful earthquakes along the New Madrid fault.  It is only a question of when it will happen. Today, the New Madrid fault zone covers portions of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.  However, a major earthquake of magnitude-8.0 or greater would likely have a dramatic effect all the way from the Great Lakes all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico.  When most Americans speak of the “big one”, they think of what may happen along the coast of California someday, but the truth is that a New Madrid earthquake could potentially do far more damage.  So is there evidence that the New Madrid fault zone is waking up?  Yes, there is.  According to Bloomberg, there has been “a sixfold increase in the number of earthquakes that have shaken the central part of the U.S. from 2000 to 2011”.  Much of that increase is being blamed on human activity such as mining, drilling and fracking.  So could human activity aggravate the fault zone so much that it could set off a truly history-making earthquake at some point?  Well, the potential is certainly there.  That is why so many people are so concerned about the monster sinkholes that have appeared in the region in recent months.  For example, a massive sinkhole down in Louisiana is now over 8 acres in size and it has forced hundreds of people to flee from their homes.  You can see video of the Louisiana sinkhole right here.  Over in Ohio, a giant sinkhole has suddenly formed that is more than 30 feet deep and that is the size of four football fields.  That sinkhole caused part of State Route 516 to collapse and authorities say that it will likely be closed for many months.  You can see video of the gigantic sinkhole in Ohio right here.  Are these monster sinkholes an indication that major earth changes are coming along the New Madrid fault?  Has reckless human activity awoken a sleeping giant that we should never have messed with?


The sinkhole down in Louisiana is of particular concern because it has been venting natural gas.  A few days ago it reportedly “burped” which sounds kind of ominous.  Could we see some kind of an “explosion” at some point?

Many of those living in the area may not be able to return to their homes for quite a long time.  The following is from a recent Huffington Post article…

At the eight-acre, Bayou Corne sinkhole in Assumption Parish, owners of slab houses are waiting for methane-gas monitors to be installed in December. The sinkhole deepened in November and coughed up debris and hydrcarbons late in the month. Cypress trees fell into the gap. Residents are watching natural gas being flared from the site and are ventilating homes while bayous around them bubble.

But if human activity is capable of producing sinkholes that are 8 acres in size and capable of causing a “sixfold increase” in the number of earthquakes in the middle part of the country, is human activity also capable of setting off the New Madrid fault?

Sadly, even most Americans that are living in that part of the country don’t really understand how incredibly massive and how potentially destructive this fault zone actually is.  The following is from a recent report from WREG in Memphis, Tennessee

Many people don’t realize that north Alabama lies in the impact zone of the New Madrid fault line, a sleeping giant that is approximately twenty times larger than California’s famed San Andreas fault. 

The biggest earthquake in U.S. history happened in the New Madrid seismic zone in 1812, and in just the last few weeks, activity along the fault line is starting to heat up. 

If the earthquakes that happened along the New Madrid fault zone in 1811 and 1812 happened today, the devastation would be unimaginable.  Back then, there were not that many people living in the area.  But even so, the destruction was incredible…

Accounts of the 1812 quake vary since there were no measuring instruments at the time, but most geologists say evidence shows it was at least a magnitude 8 earthquake, and possibly a 9 or higher.

The shaking was so intense that church bells started ringing as far away as Boston and New York.

Chimneys toppled from the Deep South to Canada, and President James Madison was awoken by the violent shaking as he slept in the White House.

Eyewitnesses said it even caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards for a time.

Unfortunately, there are now indications that the fault zone is becoming more active as a recent Examiner article explained…

Tuesday evening, two shallow earthquakes, although small, were felt in Mt. Carmel, Ill. as well as five miles outside Edmond, Okla. Illinois had the largest at 3.6 magnitude, leaving Oklahoma with a smaller 2.9 magnitude quake as reported by the USGS.

The fact that both of these quakes were shallow and follow on the heels of Kentucky’s 4.3 just 10 days ago makes the questions begin to fly. Is the New Madrid waking up? Is it gearing up for ‘the big one’? When Ky. Experienced a 4.3 two weeks ago, it was felt across 10-12 states. Although it didn’t knock runners off their feet, it did alarm many. Knoxville was among the cities that felt the quake. The shaking was not minor in many areas, and it scared people as walls shook and many began to pray.

This is something that I have written about previously, and we all need to keep our eyes open for more reports about earthquakes in the middle part of the country.  When the “big one” does finally hit the New Madrid fault zone, it will be one of the biggest news stories ever.

We are talking about a catastrophe that would be so immense that it would be hard to imagine.  According to ABC News, a study by the Mid-America Earthquake Center found that in the event of a major earthquake along the New Madrid fault, “nearly 750,000 buildings would be damaged, 3,000 bridges would potentially collapse, 400,000 breaks and leaks to local pipelines and $300 billion in direct damage and $600 billion in indirect losses would occur.”

You can ready much more about the New Madrid fault right here.

All of this is even more frightening when you consider that there are 15 nuclear reactors along the New Madrid fault zone.

In the event that the “big one” strikes, we could be looking at Fukushima times 15.

We have been blessed to have avoided a major earthquake like that for so long in the middle part of the country, but there is no guarantee that the New Madrid fault zone will always be stable – especially considering how much it is being aggravated by man-made activity.

There are even some that believe that eventually we will see an earthquake of magnitude-9.0 or higher along the New Madrid fault.  Such an earthquake could literally change the face of the entire continent.  We are talking about an event that could potentially change the course of the Mississippi River and create bodies of water where none existed previously.

We seem to be moving into a time of increased seismic activity on the earth, and many scientists are convinced that the New Madrid Fault zone is definitely overdue for a major earthquake.

So will we see one in the coming years?

Feel free to post a comment with your opinion below…

  • mainstreeteconomist

    Much of that increase (earthquake activity) is being blamed on human activity such as mining, drilling and fracking.

    Has reckless human activity awoken a sleeping giant that we should never have messed with?

    All of this is even more frightening when you consider that there are 15 nuclear reactors along the New Madrid fault zone.

    but there is no guarantee that the New Madrid fault zone will always be stable – especially considering how much it is being aggravated by man-made activity.

    but if human activity is capable of producing sinkholes that are 8 acres in size…


    (1) We definitely want to stop all that reckless human activity (mining, drilling, and fracking) before it is too late!

    (2) Welcome to the Sierra Club – LOL!

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      No, I am definitely not a member of the Sierra Club.

      But that does not mean that human activity is not capable to aggravating fault lines that are already overdue for an earthquake.


      • 2Gary2

        did you also stop being a member of PETA?

    • Smurfet

      :-). If they had their way we’d all still be working at the whip & buggy factory. But then who’d be the savior of the horses. It would be horse exploitation. I guess maybe they’d just have us back to walking & secluded because travel to other continents would be out. Geez.

  • signs of the times. Wow.

  • Ok, what is the general citizen supposed to do with this information? What can we do about it. Sounds like were dead in the water.

    • Armel

      yeah, but there’s lots to do before hand to mitigate the damage, like if someone’s on oxygen in the home, securing those tanks to the walls so the lines don’t bust and enrich the area for fires to spread.

      Or, to bring up a HUGE issue:one of the worst things about earthquakes are the gas lines that people have buried around their houses. When the ground moves, all the gas lines move also, and this is seriously a sleeping giant that NO one has yet addressed. Our natural gas pipeline infrastructure in this country scares the daylights out of me, specifically considering much of the recent activity for hydrofracking shale deposits happens very close to the New Madrid fault lines, especially in places in Arkansas.

      They’re already having earthquakes in small towns like Bee Branch north of Little Rock because of all of the horizontal drilling, and the oil companies have so much money, they take it to court and hush everything up before the media spreads the stories and panic, because if people knew what they were living on top of…….words can’t even express the amount of danger many, many people are in.

      The best thing you can do is know where your gas pipe lines are in your area and really try to be aware of how they’re situated with respect to yourself and your property in the event of…that’s really one good way to use this advanced information provided in the article.

    • Smurfet

      Your supposed to go on & live your life. There is no proof we are causing anything.

      • Gina Pocan

        Somehow you must be missing something, but there is proof all over the place that we as a people have tampered with the Earth. Our activities ARE causing issues. Any logical mind can see that. You really need to take your blinders off and pay attention.

        • Johnny Deltora


  • Mark

    Like it or not earthquakes happen. I lived in California and went through large quakes. They are not fun. A fault zone off the Oregon coast could produce a wave 100 feet tall. At least in Oregon we do not have nuke plants. I used to support nuke power plants, but after Fukushima we should not build them on the coast. It seems that just about anything man does anymore is supposed to be changing the earth.Our economy depends on lower cost energy and without drilling and using our own resourses our trade balance is way to high. With the Fed destroying the dollar we will need to produce our own oil and gas in the US since in the future the arabs might not want to trade in dollars for oil. We are toast if we do not drill and we do not know for sure if we are causing major problems.We do not have any other choice but to drill as long as we have 300 million plus living in the US with even half of our current lifestyle.

  • Just deal with it when it happens, OMG!

  • thedukeofhelena

    I think that yes, we will see a major quake or quakes in the New Madrid Fault Zone. There are definitely signs of it beginning. The sinkholes and strange noises that people are hearing along with the ‘Earth Lights’ that are caused by earthquakes are a warning sign that ought to be taken very seriously. Building Nuclear Power Plants along this zone and in this area was really stupid and irresponsible in the first place. They knew better and did it anyway. Do some research on the quakes of 1811-1812 and you’ll get a very small idea of what these quakes caused. Reelfoot Lake never existed until the 1812 quakes and it’s a fairly large lake. Same with the other one in OK or TX. Forgot it’s name. The Mississippi actually ran backwards and created huge tidal waves that blotted out whole native Indian villages. The ground sank many feet in some places while it rose in others. Geysers of water and sand blasted out of the ground all over. Fissures opened up in the earth and swallowed whole forests before closing again. Church bells rang in Boston and New York and Toronto from the shaking! Doesn’t that kind of hit home right there??? Considering what the Mississippi River looks like now compared to what it used to look like, we’re talking about a disaster of untold proportions. Major flooding along the Mississippi and Missouri is imminent along with all the other rivers and watersheds in that whole huge zone. Chickasaw Bluffs aka Memphis will likely suffer such major damage it will be abandoned. And that’s just one city along this huge fault. I’ve always thought it was interesting that people worried so much about California when the real monster is along the Mississippi. People seem to forget history and tend to ignore it. This thing is waking up and yet we let these companies and our government keep fracking and drilling and how about all those nuclear power plants? Who is going to turn those off in time? As if they could, anyway? I’m just telling it like it is. I’m sorry if it’s scary but people should be prepared. I would get as far as I could from that area now, especially with these sinkholes opening up everywhere. That’s a major sign right there. People need to get real and quit acting as if this is some TV show or video game. Best of luck and peace be to all.

  • 2Gary2

    I think all the activity is caused by gog and magog tusseling

  • Where did my first entry go? I said that BAD WORD……….. FRACKING!!!!!!!!!!!! Watch where
    the majority of the FRACKING is taking place and the unusual quake activity!!

    • thedukeofhelena

      You’re quite right, Debbie. It’s very disturbing to see them keep doing it ( fracking ) when they know exactly what damage it will eventually cause. But, these companies care about money. That’s all that is important to most people in the world ( especially the US ) anymore. I find it very sad but hasn’t money always been the root of all of our problems? If we would for once stop repeating history, things could change for the better but we seem positively bent on destroying not only ourselves but everything around us and especially this planet, which is our mother. It’s happened before and looks like it is getting ready to happen again. We can let it, or do something about it.

      • pjk40

        So, they were fracking back in the 1800’s when the last earthquakes erupted? Human activity is not responsible for ALL natural events.

  • mainstreeteconomist

    How to prepare for and act in an EARTHQUAKE:

  • raptor45

    Lordy, what a mess and what a horrible prognostication. I’m gonna keep my guns loaded and my 4WD full of gas so I can drive right out of it. Of course, if I don’t make it, that’s something else all together.

  • Jody

    An interesting thing concerning the question of human causation…the bible says that God is returning to destroy those who are destroying the earth. At no point in human history did mankind posses that sort of “power” over creation….till now.

  • Wendy Daves Selvig

    For anyone into prophecy, they talk about the New Madrid Fault going this year (2013) here:

  • the planet Nibiru …Mayans were 100% right cause they didn’t have liars for relatives. they never said we’d die! but got censored. sure u can trust the Gov. ask a Native American!
    we’ve all been punked by money hungry liars. USA wake up hear the truth and know it instead of being afraid of it. the other have is easy .

    • Christina Gaona

      I agree Niburu

  • Veritae

    So that’s how ponds form… That is one big freaking hole. So if the Madrid fault gives, we’ll have new beach front property? How do you get ‘hole’ life insurance?

    • Smurfet


  • george moody

    It is all true.

  • Kriegar

    Everything that you could possibly imagine is cyclical. Nothing is permanent, or totally stable–but in a constant state of flux. Things can, and will happen, as a simple matter of nature.

  • Maybe this is a tangent, but in the same way all the Collapse diatribes seem to be an advertisement for gold, are the anti frackers paid by the coal and gasoline companies?

  • Smurfet

    Even my fairly liberal geologist rolls her eyes when she sees stories blaming fracking. They’ve been fracking since the 1940’s & allot of these places where sink holes are happening are made of very brittle & porous stone. Florida is an example. Also earth quakes are not a new phenomenon in this neck of the woods. As much as they on the left hate oil & gas if it were the cause of all the problems the EPA would have been all over it. But they have backed off nearly all the cases they pursued. There is no proof. That movie the left is pushing has been refuted. Why can’t people believe things happen naturally. We were not around to cause the ice age & it happened. Nobody was drilling an oil & gas well the day the big quakes happened so why is it so hard to imagine that things are happening on their own. “Man made” is an agenda being pushed by politicians & activist for some agenda. I’ll believe it when I see real proof. In Europe they consider things illegal till a politician makes it legal & in the US we always believed the opposite. I feel the same about this science. It’s nature until proved otherwise

  • Smurfet

    Oh brother. Don’t they teach science anymore? I don’t mean the agenda driven science but real science. Maybe everyone should be forced to take geology extensively.

  • cageordie

    Most powerful? It was only a 6.8. Even if we only look at the lower 48 California has had 7.9 and 7.8 quakes. New Madrid had 7.7s, so why is this only talking about a 6.8? The Cascadia subduction zone had a 9.0 in 1700 and Alaska had a 9.2 in 1964.

    But New Madrid will go off again. And the affected area is in no way prepared, because quakes are a west coast problem.