Is the Mississippi River draining into New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ)? Ground cracking? Why?

  • Is Mississippi River in the NMSZ going dry? 
  • Why is Mississippi river so low around Memphis?
  • Just how low is it? 
  • Where is all the water going?
  • Is there a connection between earthquakes, cracking ground, and a draining Mississippi?
  • Is water leaking down into NMSZ?

The mighty Mississippi River is very low in some places and even bone dry in others. In fact, a 130 mile stretch of the Mississippi River from Tennessee to northwestern Mississippi is so low it is impossible for barge traffic to deliver grain to the international or national markets.

Where is the water going? 

Has a crack formed in the bottom of the Mississippi River that is leaking water down into the New Madrid fault?

Per the Zetas of ZetaTalk, this temporary low-water depth at Memphis is due to “heaving in the ground”  –  that is, stress on the New Madrid fault, which will come and go until the New Madrid adjusts some time in the not too distant future. Heaving land was noted during the last major New Madrid adjustment, between December 1811 and March 1812. During that time, a powerful series of violent earthquakes near Missouri caused a “fluvial tsunami” in the Mississippi River, causing it flow backward for several hours. “Fluvial processes” are associated with rivers and streams.

The 1811-1812 earthquakes caused fissures (some several hundred feet long) to open in the earth’s surface. Large trees were snapped in two. Sulfur leaked from underground pockets and river banks vanished, flooding thousands of acres of forests. Church bells rang thousands of miles away in Boston from the shaking. Brick walls were toppled in Cincinnati. Water in the Mississippi River turned brown and whirlpools developed suddenly from depressions created in the riverbed. There were aftershocks for years after.

Just how low is the Mississippi River at Memphis?

In September, Memphis, Tennessee’s river gauge had an observed value of -8.73 ft., the fourth lowest on record (the record low was -10.70 ft. on Feb 10, 1937).

On October 2, 2017, the NMSZ showed signs of movement – three earthquakes within 10 hours of each other. So, as the Mississippi River above the New Madrid fault drains, the question is “Where is the water going?”

Is the Mississippi River draining into the New Madrid fault?

Traffic on the Mississippi River is vital to the economy of the United States. It is important to keep traffic on the Mississippi moving with barges hauling grain, petroleum and coal among other products daily. Inland waterways carry 60% of the nation’s grain exports, 22% of domestic petroleum, and 20% of the coal used to generate electricity.

So, why is the river so low around Memphis and where is the water going? You be the judge of that!


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