Moar New at Rosetta Stones: Whassup With That Seismic Target Painted on Middle America?

Normally, I don’t post to Rosetta Stones twice in a day, but Malachite asked a question I had an immediate answer for. Yay! It’s just a wee little something, but it has got nice links. Have fun playing in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, kids!


  1. lyle says

    While you are at it you should discuss Charleston Sc and its 1886 earthquake. That is the other spot for large mid plate events. Of course you could also discuss the Adirondack area and if you attached a canadian map, I suspect it continues there. If you dont want earthquakes, probably Minnesota is a good place to move as its rocks are very old and stress is low. (Of course if you wait long enough (millions to 10s of millions to 100s of millions of years) there will be a big earthquake on any piece of crust.

  2. Onamission5 says

    Sand blows. Sand blows are one of the coolest things to come from the New Madrid fault zone. I don’t know why they’re cool, they just are.

    As an aside, when I moved to WNC from the PNW, I thought I was trading a medium-high activity zone for a little to no activity zone. Little did I know I was just taking one step down the seismic ladder. Damn continental fold!

  3. rq says

    Umm, I’m a bit late to the party, but is Rosetta Stones down on Scientific American? The links don’t seem to be working, and the Search function does not return anything by Dana Hunter… Help??

    • Dana Hunter says

      I checked with IT folks at SciAm and they confirm a known outage, no idea when it’ll be fixed but they’re working on it. Thanks for letting me know! I would have had a Very Bad Moment if I’d headed over to the site without knowing in advance something was up!

      • rq says

        I hope it gets fixed soon (in fact it looks like it is), so I’m going to do my reading tomorrow and breathe a huge sign of relief. ;) Yay!