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New Madrid Earthquake Historical Marker

 

Location of sign - Located at intersection of Kentucky 94 and Fulton County Road 1282 near the Sassafras Ridge community.

 

Photo taken April 2008

 

New Madrid Earthquake Historical Marker

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Wayne

 

Text of sign:

 

New Madrid Earthquake

 

The greatest earthquake recorded in North America centered in this area Dec. 16, 1811 to Feb 7, 1812.  1,874 quakes felt at

Louisville, 250 miles away.  Tremors also felt at Boston, Detroit, New Orleans.  Reelfoot Lake, covering 25,000 acres formed

when some streams changed courses.  New Madrid, Mo. destroyed; very few persons died as population of area was sparse.

 

1964 Kentucky Historical Society  Kentucky Department of Highways

 

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