The 1811–12 New Madrid earthquakes were an intense intraplate earthquake series felt over roughly 130,000 square miles. They began with an initial earthquake of moment magnitude 7.5–7.9 on December 16, 1811 which was followed by a moment magnitude 7.4 aftershock on the same day. They remain the most powerful earthquakes to hit the contiguous United States east of the Rocky Mountains in recorded history.
Less severe earthquakes in this region have happened periodically ever since. Even though the U.S. Geological Survey’s annual earthquake forecast in 2017 pinpoints Oklahoma and central California’s coast as highest risks for damaging shaking, it makes perfect sense to be prepared for an earthquake or any other natural or man-made disaster.
2016 New Madrid Earthquakes
5/1/16 – 3.514km NNW of La Center, Kentucky Magnitude 5
4/2/16 – 52km N of Blytheville, Arkansas Magnitude 2.5
3/20/16 – 69km SW of Caruthersville, Missouri Magnitude 2.6
3/1/16 – 519km ENE of Hardy, Arkansas Magnitude 2.5
1/29/16 – 510km E of Malden, Missouri Magnitude 2.5
1/15/16 – 53km SSW of Caruthersville, Missouri Magnitude 2.5
It’s important to have a plan for when disaster strikes. Here at Meramec Valley insurance, we want to help you ensure that your family and your home are safe even through the worst. Check back with us next week as we go over key questions you should be asking about your preparedness for a disaster.
For more information on why insuring your home is the safest call, click here: FEMA – Insure your property
Be safe out there!
For more information about Meramec Valley,
or to find an agent near you, visit