Earthquakes in Mississippi and vicinity 1811-2010

Open-File Report 2011-1117
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This map summarizes two centuries of earthquake activity in Mississippi. Work on the Mississippi map was done in collaboration with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Office of Geology. The earthquake data plotted on the map are from several sources: the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, and the Arkansas Geological Survey. In addition to earthquake locations, other materials include seismic hazard and isoseismal maps and related text. Earthquakes are a legitimate concern in Mississippi and parts of adjacent States. Mississippi has undergone a number of felt earthquakes since 1811. At least two of these events caused property damage: a magnitude 4.7 earthquake in 1931, and a magnitude 4.3 earthquake in 1967. The map shows all historical and instrumentally located earthquakes in Mississippi and vicinity between 1811 and 2010. The largest historic earthquake in the vicinity of the State was an intensity XI event, on December 16, 1811; the first earthquake in the New Madrid sequence. This violent event and the earthquakes that followed caused considerable damage to the then sparsely settled region.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Earthquakes in Mississippi and vicinity 1811-2010
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2011-1117
DOI 10.3133/ofr20111117
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Geologic Hazards Team
Description Map: 48.02 x 36.00 inches; Download Directory
First page 1
Last page 1
Time Range Start 1811-01-01
Time Range End 2010-12-31
Country United States
State Alabama;Arkansas;Louisiana;Mississippi;Tennessee
Projection Albers Equal-area Conic projection
Scale 1100000
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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