May 16, 2006--Posted at 4:00 pm CST
Lepanto, AR --In 1811 through 1812 a series of heavy earthquakes not only devastated this area but were felt across the entire
For years the areas extensive fault lines have been overlooked by researchers looking for clues into how earthquakes form and what type of damage they can incur, but now researchers have descended on the region to learn as much as possible from the New Madrid fault. About twenty men and women are working near Lepanto in Poinsett Co. mapping a fault that runs underneath HWY 140. The fault is just one of many faults that concern scientist.
‘This is the first of a multi-year study in the area.’ United States Geological Survey Head Robert Williams says. ‘We hope in the end this will help researchers understand better the processes that help make up this region and be able to forecast what parts are in the most danger of being damaged.’