Earthquake history of Mississippi

Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)


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Since its admission into the Union in 1817, Mississippi has had only four earthquakes of intensity V or greater within its borders. Although the number of earthquakes known to have been centered within Mississippi's boundaries is small, the State has been affected by numerous shocks located in neighboring States. In 1811 and 1812, a series of great earthquakes near the New Madrid Missouri area was felt in Mississippi as far south as the gulf coast. The New Madrid series caused the banks of the Mississippi River to cave in as far as Vicksburg, mroe than 300 miles from the epicentral region. As a result of this great earthquake series, the northwest corner of Mississippi is in seismic risk zone 3, the highest risk zone. Expect for the new Madrid series, effects in Mississippi from earthquakes located outside of the State have been less than intensity V. 

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Earthquake history of Mississippi
Series title Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)
Volume 6
Issue 2
Year Published 1974
Language English
Publisher U.S Geological Survey
Description 2 p.
First page 20
Last page 21
Country United States
State Mississippi
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