The New Madrid Earthquake Fault is a big crack in the continental shelf that runs down the middle of North America. It’s been there for thousands of years and it moves some every few weeks; just a little quiver.   Every couple hundred years it moves a lot.  The last big one was 1811-12.  The center of  the New Madrid Earthquake Fault, the unstable part, is in southeast Missouri  where it dips down into Arkansas; the Missouri Bootheel. This will be a multi-generational historical fiction saga about the people and the place that changed completely after the earth shook for six months.  The Cherokee Nation moved west to get out of the swamp created when the earth sank.  There was an important Civil War battle fought there.  The largest drainage project in the U.S. drained the swamp, and created half a million acres of the best farmland in the world.  For two years I’ve been researching the Little River Drainage District, Cherokee Indians,  the Civil War, the early railroads, seismology and earthquakes, the history of land patents, litigation of trusts and wills, and DNA genealogy.   This will be historical fiction in the manner of James Michener; where the major events are historically accurate but most of the drama and characters are fictional.  The Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis has up to the minute data from seismic monitors spread over the entire region affected by the New Madrid Fault; Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois. Go to their website.

I hope the next big one doesn’t happen before I finish my book.