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Re: New Madrid Earthquakes

David Dockstadter writes:

.. Paul is correct that the Charleston quakes were caused by a similar fault sy
stem. (I assume there is seismic evidence for this area too, but I've never se
en it.)

There is. The fault is several km down. One geologist I know claims
that, given the wet sandy nature of the coast down here, a really big
earthquake along this fault could liquify a bunch of the coastline
and make it slide into the Atlantic.

I need some better boots.

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