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FEMA To The Rescue - Sinkholes Swallowing Southern Missouri- (Video)

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(N.Morgan) These sinkholes are by the New Madrid Fault Line. This could be a reason for concern. Could this cause a massive chain reaction, hence, setting off the New Madrid? Between all of the flooding and other bad weather there, this could turn into a very serious situation.  Now that FEMA is there, that would imply the situation is probably a lot worse than what is being reported.

Fr.Duffy Fighting 69th, posed the question to me about how many nuclear plants were in the New Madrid Zone. The answer is 15 nuclear plants are in the Madrid zone. This could set off a reaction of disastrous proportions.


Here’s a map:



I also included this report- of what the results could be, if the New Madrid was set off and the events that could be set into motion involving the nuclear plants, in the path.


See below:

Bob Nations, Jr., the Director of Shelby County Office of Preparedness, says that since the lack of preparation exposed by Hurricane Katrina, he is “preparing for the catastrophic event” in his six-county jurisdiction.

Nations admitted that after a major quake, Tennessee’s infrastructure and response capabilities “would get overwhelmed fairly quickly.”

There are 15 nuclear power plants in the New Madrid fault zone — three reactors in Alabama — that are of the same or similar design as the site in Japan experiencing problems.

The USGS report predicts that a major quake would create horrific scenes like something out of a science fiction movie, potentially cutting the Eastern part of the country off from the West in terms of vehicular traffic and road commerce.

“The older highways and railroad bridges that cross the Mississippi River, as well as older overpasses, would likely be damaged or collapse in the event of a major New Madrid earthquake,” according to USGS.

In September, FEMA’s associate administrator for Response and Recovery, William Carwile, told a Senate panel that FEMA has five regional groups planning for possible earthquake responses, but a major quake along the New Madrid fault line could displace 7.2 million people and knock out 15 bridges. The response would require 42,000 first responders from local firefighters to the Pentagon.

Another study by the Mid-America Earthquake Center last year estimates that nearly 750,000 buildings would be damaged, 3,000 bridges would potentially collapse, 400,000 breaks and leaks to local pipelines and $300 billion in direct damage and $600 billion in indirect losses would occur.





Here’s the story as reported by the Southern Missourian:

More sinkholes are showing up on Cape Girardeau’s south side, and they continue to grow.

Cape Girardeau public works director Tim Gramling on Wednesday said continued Mississippi River flooding means the sinkholes that have shown up in the South Sprigg Street area remain “active” with the potential to grow.

“When I say they’re active, that means they continue to grow and swallow whatever is inside or nearby the hole,” he said. “That’s just the nature of a sinkhole.”


Sinkholes on South Sprigg Street, as seen Wednesday, June, 19, 2013, continue to grow.
(Laura Simon)


There have been reports of a third sinkhole forming along the street, and Gramling said it is related to the others.

“It’s actually just part of one that’s already there,” he said. “It’s kind of difficult to explain, but they’re all a part of the same underground system.”

The city so far has found four sinkholes in the area that now is being called the “South Sprigg sinkhole area.” Two are on the road, another near LaCroix Creek and one underneath the bridge on Sprigg Street.

Gramling said growth or “movement” was to be expected and the city is trying to determine whether anything could be done about the problem. The sinkholes have closed a portion of South Sprigg Street.

The sinkhole near the creek is causing water to flood into the nearby Buzzi Unicem quarry. Gramling previously said employees from Buzzi Unicem were attempting to keep down the flow into the quarry by damming the creek. Messages left at Buzzi Unicem on Wednesday afternoon were not returned.

Another hole formed Tuesday in a south-side yard, but emergency responders who went to the scene said it wasn’t clear whether this new void was a sinkhole similar to those along Sprigg Street.

The Cape Girardeau Fire Department at 7:25 p.m. on Tuesday responded to a call of a possible sinkhole formation on South Ellis Street.

Fire chief Rick Ennis said firefighters found a hole behind a vacant house at 1125 S. Ellis St., but he was unsure Wednesday whether it was an actual sinkhole.

“At this point we’re not treating it like it is [a sinkhole], but we will be monitoring the area to see if it’s an isolated incident or if more occur,” he said.

Ennis said there were no hazards, injuries or damages.

The incident occurred about 1 mile north of the sinkholes that have formed at South Sprigg Street.

Gramling said at that distance, it is unlikely the Ellis Street hole is related to the Sprigg Street sinkholes. While he has been out of town and unable to look at the hole for himself, Gramling said the collapse likely occurred because of a void left underground from an old sewer line or septic tank.

Although the sinkholes have been a concern in that area since 2007, the problem worsened when the Mississippi River rose above flood stage for the second time this spring, cresting just short of 45 feet June 7. The river was slow to retreat, hovering just below the “major” flood mark of 42 feet into the next week.

The river at Cape Girardeau was estimated to be at almost 35.5 feet Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Flood stage at Cape Girardeau is 32 feet.

One of several sinkholes along South Sprigg Street is seen in this photo Wednesday. City officials say the sinkholes are growing in size and number. (Laura Simon)


Gramling also has said the retreating water can actually aggravate the sinkholes.

On Wednesday, representatives with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Missouri State Emergency Management Agency met with local emergency management officials to inspect the sinkholes on South Sprigg Street and conduct joint preliminary damage assessments.

“The assessors came to look at any damages or impacts the local community sustained as a result of the flooding, including the sinkholes,” said Mark Hasheider, assistant fire chief and emergency management coordinator for Cape Girardeau. “They do this anytime there’s been a federal [disaster] declaration.”

FEMA spokeswoman Cindy Kimber said the assessment provides officials with a “big picture” to determine what assistance may be needed for disaster recovery.

“Basically, what they’re looking at are the protective measures in place and any damages that might have occurred to infrastructure,” she said.

Once the assessment is complete, Kimber said the information will be used to determine whether it is within the state’s capability to assist the community or whether federal assistance will be required.


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    • nooh

      god bless america. Seen and read enough about FEMA Camps and Coffins. TSA put in place so its hard for people to travel. Yup like Lil muppet Wayne says – in his Song God Bless Amerika (spelt with a with a K for for a purpose too and he says its an HOUR away

    • Fr.Duffy Fighting 69th

      Take a close look at the area of potential damage in the case of a major New Madrid earthquake. How many nuclear power plants are in that zone? No power or water means a half dozen Fukashimas.

      • Nicole Morgan (Investigative Reporter)

        Fr.Duffy Fighting 69th- 15 nuclear plants. I added a map above in the post.

      • Nicole Morgan (Investigative Reporter)

        I also added an assessment about what the damage could be, if such a reaction was set off.

        Under the nuclear map.

        • CrowPie

          Also, that area is a major natural gas pipeline “highway.”

    • usathoughts

      The entire area is an ancient lakebed. In Texas we find saltwater see shells 200 miles from the current coastline.

      Was there not a hugh earthquake in this area about 200(?) years ago?

      Was reading ”Nature” a scientific journal decade ago. They postulated that the temperature swing for our planet is minus 400 degrees to plus 400 degrees. These are the possible extremes.

      Found in localized areas have been extremes of minus 200 degrees to plus 200 degrees. Might mention that this was before man came on the scene.

      • MjolnirsWrath

        Yep Tied to the Maunder Maximum Solar Cycle ” 400 ” year duration we are experiencing now although they talk about maunder minimums very little documentation online about Maunder Maximums and the reason being the last one brought a mini ice age another caused the Anasazi to resort to cannibalism due to extreme temperatures of as you said +/- 400 degrees most water dried up in tributaries animals dead plants etc

      • CrowPie

        The last major quake in the area was in the 1800′s. The damage in the immediate area was devastating. The Mississippi river ran backward and formed a lake.

        The quake itself caused damage and was felt as far as New York State, Charleston, South Carolina and Gadsden, Alabama.

    • liberty49

      I wonder if any of these sinkholes have anything to do with all the underground ‘communities’ being built to house the ‘elite’ during a nuclear disaster or a government ‘move’ toward a disaster that could eliminate 25 million people.

    • RobiMac

      Is this a joke?! FEMA assisting now when, later they will be shooting people in the head.


      • Nicole Morgan (Investigative Reporter)

        I wish it were a joke.

        This came from a local paper there.

        I am from there,Missouri, up north of these sinkholes, but I am familiar with the area.

    • Marks

      Maybe they could fill the hole with 2 billion rounds of ammo.

    • Anonymous

      I just love the glee of the people in the news report about the fact they are going to get FEDERAL MONEY. Yeah, free money! We will have people all over the country pay for our sinkholes!

      Never mind that the New Madrid fault is becoming active. Never mind that the holes will just CONTINUE! For those in the sinkhole area, look at the topo maps and if you are at risk for a sink hole on your property….GTFO!

      • Nicole Morgan (Investigative Reporter)

        I couldn’t agree more, Anon.

        They are really sick.. :mad:

    • NEO Oracle 2016

      A number of pastors on utube are saying that when the U.S. brokers a peace treaty with Israel and her Islamic neighbors and divides Jerusalem in half as it was before the 6 day war. That then the New Madrid fault is going to come unzipped from the great lakes to the gulf of Mexico. They say that they saw a new inland ocean 50 miles wide from top to bottom in. Sounds like some of the maps I have seen circulating around on this site and others. Dividing up Jerusalem will be catastrophic for any nation involved in this folly.

    • joe wiz

      I love this site but I still have to call BS from time to time. I was born and raised in St.Louis and lived their up until 5 months ago. Now I live an hour and a half NW of the city in the Country. Yes I fled the city as most of you would and for the same reasons as you. But here is the skinny…The boot Heel has always been known for sink holes. Just like Florida its land mass has always been suspect. We know this.The term liquefaction was first coined in response to the earthquakes of the early 1800′s in the New Madrid(MAD-Rid, not Ma-drid as it it not in Spain) zone.

      BS #2
      The 1st map put half and only half of the Ozark MT’s in Missouri underwater while leaving Missouri’s highest point Tom Sauk Mt underwater and the low lands of the plains in northern MO above water???

      Also gander out west where parts of the Rockies are underwater and other parts are not?????

      Can we please stop rushing head long into a special kinda stupid?

      Use common sense before you jump on a CT.


      • CrowPie

        @ joe wiz

        I don’t know you but I have to call BS from time to time. The fact that a land mass has always been subject to sink holes ( especially since its not surrounded by ocean on three sides and is on a major fault line) makes it a MAJOR concern.

        New MAD rid , or Ma DRID, you say PO ta TOE, I say PO tah TOE.

        MAPS are speculative and consider damage after a major earth quake where land masses may disappear.

        Allow for others and their open mindedness. You seem a little constipated. :shock:

      • Nicole Morgan (Investigative Reporter)

        Sorry, Joe, but I too am from Missouri and am very familiar with the areas involved.

        I’m not sure where you are getting your information from,but it is outdated and wrong.

        I think perhaps you need to start doing some research on the New Madrid and the areas involved.

        As a matter of fact, one of the highlighted link above is an excellent place for you to start.

        The fact is, there are salt domes all over that area, along with the fault line. Salt dome that are giving away and causing these sinkholes.

        Please, look into it further,Joe.

        If you are going to call BS on my post, better come with some actual evidence, not just shucking and jiving. :wink:

        • Dougie

          I live in Steelville, Missouri and I can tell you from the local newspapers and from the news out of St. Louis there have been more sinkholes since these in your post. We feel minor shaking every now and then and there have been a few sinkholes that opened up around here and in some rural areas that are not reported. I am guessing this is a lot worse than what is being told.

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    • Dr Neera

      How did you come up with the map for this article? Can you show the process that brought you to this. I’m a scientist. Is there a way i can communicate with you directly?

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