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Substantial New Madrid Quake Damage Could Reach as Far as Mississippi

JULY 26, 2004 - Posted at 7:27 a.m. CDT

 

SOUTHAVEN, MS - Mississippi officials are taking note of a university report that says the state could be hurt big-time by an earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone.  The report from researchers at the University of Mississippi's Center for Community Earthquake Preparedness said the state could suffer more than $3 billion in damage.

The New Madrid fault zone, centered in the Missouri Bootheel, includes parts of that state plus Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Chris Mullen is director of the earthquake preparedness center at Ole Miss.  He said well over a third of the damage in Mississippi would be in DeSoto County.  That county in far northwestern Mississippi is just south of Memphis, Tennessee.  Mullen and other researchers met with officials from DeSoto County last week.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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