In 1811, the New Madrid earthquake zone, along the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee, was the site of the most powerful series of earthquakes to hit the eastern US in recorded history. According to experts, another major earthquake will likely occur there again in the next 50 years. This PBS documentary explores the geology of the region and the nature of earthquakes. It is a fascinating science adventure that, for many people, hits close to home. 

Length: 27 minutes. Funded by the US Geological Survey.  Released 1993.


Narrated by Don Wescott

Written and directed by Doug Prose

Cinematography by Doug Prose

Music by Mel VonKriegenbergh and Doug Prose

Produced by Doug Prose


The New Madrid Earthquake Zone

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