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Yowusa.com New Madrid Advisory #1

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YOWUSA.COM ADVISORY with Marshall Masters

GUESTS: Dr. Brian Dolehide and Dr. Mark Sircus

FEMA Download from Dr. Dolehide

Last May, FEMA conducted the National Level Exercise 2011. The largest such exercise to date and the goal was to test preparedness for a major earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ). In this advisory, Dr. Brian Dolehide, a Chicago area FEMA volunteer will share survival insights on how to prepare for a New Madrid event.

For a view of broader natural threats, Dr. Mark Sircus, a physician in Brazil, will discuss global seismicity and volcanism trends, both of which are on the rise. Together, they offer listeners a broad view of the threats facing them. They warn that if you live in the New Madrid zone a toxic cataclysm may be coming your way.  

This is because the Mississippi and Missouri rivers are rising again and we need to be mindful of the connection between water and quakes, because dams are known to cause Earthquakes. Scientists have identified over 100 earthquakes they believe were triggered by reservoirs.  The most serious was the Sichuan earthquake in May 2008, which killed some 80,000 people.  This A 7.9-magnitude event was linked to the construction of the Zipingpu Dam.

Already sandbagged against the rising Missouri and downstream of already strained dams and levies, the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska recently had a fire.  Although the plant is in cold shut down mode, many worry about its spent fuel pool. Similar to the Fukushima plant in Japan, a New Madrid quake with subsequent flooding from dam and levy failures could unleash a toxic nightmare.