Broken River - Can the Mississippi River Run Backwards?
Sam Penny's novel "Broken River" tells how the Mississippi will run backwards the next time the New Madrid Fault ruptures. He offers the book for free to those who worry.
Online, December 15, 2012 (Newswire.com) - Two hundred and one years ago, on December 16, 1811, the New Madrid Fault under the Mississippi River ruptured and produced a 7.9 magnitude earthquake felt more than one thousand miles away: in Boston, Toronto, and Charleston. Legend has it that the earthquake made the Mississippi River run backwards. Could that be true?
Geologic evidence tells us today that when the limestone plate beneath New Madrid, Missouri, and its surroundings was raised by the shifting of the tectonic forces on the New Madrid seismic zone from the earthquake, the southern areas were raised and the northern part fell, and the river did indeed reverse its course in some places. Lakes were created and the river waters flowed in ways no one expected. The river literally broke, and it took several months for it to find its new course. The whole land was changed.
"Broken River," the second novel of the 7.9 Scenerio by Sam Penny, tells how the Mississippi River and its tributaries could be affected today by another earthquake of the same magnitude on the New Madrid. The effects would be even more dramatic, for the river today is a man-made structure. It is a river on a hill that will overflow its banks and flood the surrounding lands.
In addition, in 1811 the USA census listed only 5,000 people in the area; now there are now 32,000,000 people living in the danger zone.
The Kindle version of "Broken River" is available for free to Kindle Prime Members on December 16 and 17, the anniversary of the first of the five major tremors that struck the area two hundred years ago. Now is your chance to read of the impact of a giant earthquake on the New Madrid in today's world.