New Madrid Rifts
Rifts are fractures in the rock that show that previously, trauma
occurred. They are like scars in the rock. They are not necessarily fault
lines as most often they do not MOVE at all in a slip slide manner, though
may express minor jitters of earthquake swarms because the scar resists a
smooth transfer of motion across its face.
The diagonal pull causing the New Madrid Fault Line to adjust will rupture
land along the Mississippi, up toward the Chicago area, and along the seaway
through Ohio, as we have detailed. Mississippi bridges will be inevitably
torn, cities along the slip-slide will be shaken into rubble, and Ohio will
be devastated as land there is also pulled in different direction along the
path of the fault line. The adjustment will also cause minor quakes down
into the Gulf and up along an adjoining sister fault east of the Appalachian
Mountains. But any rifts or escarpments in Oklahoma or Texas will not be
affected other than by jolts. Use the history of the last New Madrid
adjustment as a guide in these matters.
- The Southern Oklahoma rift juts at a right angle to the New Madrid
Fault Line, and the Balcones escarpment traces the edge of rock
composition changes, but other than pass along the jolts from the New
Madrid adjustment will not cause Oklahoma or Texas to find their terrain
has changed. The rock above and below these points will move as one, to
the southwest, during the New Madrid adjustment.
- The Midcontinent Rift, which curls around Wisconsin and then dives
down into Kansas, will also not experience a change in terrain during
the New Madrid adjustment. Any stress along this old volcanic scar
during the New Madrid adjustment will be transferred to the land along
the seaway to the East.
ZetaTalk ™ July