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New Madrid

  • 7 mins
  • 40%
  • All Ages
  • United States of America FlagUSUnited States of America
  • 2008
  • Documentaries

The video was filmed on the Kentucky/Tennessee border, at Reelfoot – an area of swampland formed by the earthquakes of 1811-12. Centred on the town of New Madrid, the earthquake remains the largest ever recorded on the US continent. The impact forced the Mississippi to flow backwards for several hours, and caused bells to ring as far away as Boston. With large areas destroyed and flooded, and thousands of people displaced, the earthquake led to the first request for disaster relief from the US Federal government. The resulting cypress sloughs and lakes are now host to a range of rare and endangered species, providing a vital refuge for wildlife migrating through or inhabiting the Mississippi floodplain.