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February 8, 2012
Legendary phenomena in the 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquakes
200 years ago this February 7, on the western frontier of European settlement in North America, the pioneering westward expanders and the natives whose land they were colonizing were thrown from their sleep in the deep wee hours of a winter night by the culminating temblor of a harrowing, months-long sequence of major earthquakes, aftershocks of which continue to this day. The so-called New Madrid earthquakes–named for a small Missouri …