New Madrid Before Calif. Quake !!!
Posted in the Shreveport Forum
#1 Jan 28, 2013
The Internet is loaded with information about the New Madrid rift zone. Some scientists have expressed concerns that a major earthquake in this region of the United States has the higher likelihood of occurring in the near-term than does California. Some of the material on the Internet cites psychic predictions of Edgar Cayce tending to predict a major quake in the middle of the United States. There are also current reports from areas in the New Madrid region of small earthquakes, problems with roads cracking and homes experiencing shifting damage. Those keeping in touch with the issue are concerned that a big one is coming. The prophets are out on this phenomenon complete with anticipated future USA maps following an earthquake of Biblical proportions.
it is unknown what affect a major earthquake in the heart of the oil producing regions might have on all these active and abandoned wells.
Management Services engaged in a 2003 study to determine seismic risks to subsea structures due to increased incidences of earthquake activity in the Gulf. Underwater oil and gas structures including 44,000 miles of pipeline and thousands of active and inactive wells have not been constructed to withstand earthquake forces. The 2003 study did not test for forces that would be seen with major, 7.0 and above magnitude quakes.
American Association of Petroleum Geologist (AAPG), Jack M. Reed, deceased, did not buy the long-held theory of a quiet geologic evolution of the Gulf of Mexico Basin. He said that the traditional view is fundamentally flawed and should be revised. Mr. Reed, deceased since 2007, worked for Texaco in the Gulf of Mexico for 4o years. He retired to an independent consulting practice in New Orleans. After studying for years the geologic formations of the Gulf and surrounding regions, Mr. Reed formulated his own theory that the Gulf of Mexico is currently tectonically active.
Note: This was in 07..even more so in 13
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