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Nov 13, 2012 11:36 PM CST
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Reelfoot Lake was formed when the Mississippi 'flowed backward' during those earthquakes 1811-12. Reelfoot Lake is about an hour from my house here in Western KY and it's a lovely place; truth is with all those cypress trees and knees, it looks a little like Louisiana.

We are on the Madrid fault here and I've been shaken up a few times since we moved here in '73, but nothing as bad as the year of the backward Mississippi. I think those earthquakes were over a 3 or 4 month period, starting in December and ending in February and are well known historically because it was continuous over those months and because they were around 7 to 7.7 in magnitude. Also because of the Mississippi rocking and rolling.

The quakes that have affected us during the time I've been here haven't reached that scale. We are all pretty much aware of the New Madrid Fault though and insurance rates are a little pricey because of it.

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