Press Release
WKNO-TV Airs documentary on New Madrid Earthquakes

Press Contact: Teri L. Sullivan
WKNO/Channel 10
(901) 729-8735

June 13, 2012
For Immediate Release

New Madrid: The Earthquakes of 1811 - 1812
Premieres on WKNO-TV

New Madrid: The Earthquakes of 1811 – 1812, premiering on Thursday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10 chronicles some of the most powerful earthquakes in American history.  Locally produced and directed by Pale Moon Media with the Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) at The University of Memphis, the documentary sheds light on the past and future impact of the New Madrid earthquakes that occurred over two centuries ago.

Beginning in December, 1811 and lasting through part of 1812, one of North America's strongest earthquake sequences struck the western frontier of the United States. However, this wasn't California, but the Mississippi River Valley – what is now the country's heartland. Some of these quakes were felt a thousand miles away and created Reelfoot, Tennessee's largest natural lake.

This documentary takes a historical look at the massive quakes that struck the tiny frontier town of New Madrid, MO. The program presents eyewitness accounts which bring to life what a terrifying experience it must have been. Several prominent scientists in the fields of seismology and geology provided expertise both on and off camera for this documentary, demonstrating how the scientific community continues to take the threat of an earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone very seriously.

In 1811, there was very little damage and few casualties caused by the New Madrid quakes. However, an equally powerful earthquake today in this area would be catastrophic, with a global impact. The documentary takes a look at the threat posed to a large section of the country; how much and what kind of damage we might expect if “The Big One” were to strike today?

New Madrid: The Earthquakes of 1811 – 1812 will repeat on WKNO/Channel 10 Saturday, June 23 at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 24 at 12:00 p.m.  It will also be available on WKNO2, available over the air on Channel 10.2 and on Comcast Digital Cable Channel 910 on Monday, June 25 at 9:30 p.m.

In addition, WKNO is the presenting station for this documentary, which is being distributed nationally to public television stations later this month.

Production funding for New Madrid was provided by the United States Geological Survey (USGS); Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA); and the West Tennessee Seismic Safety Commission (WTSSC).

WKNO is a non-profit, private foundation serving the Mid-South for more than 55 years. An important community resource, WKNO uses the power of non-commercial public broadcasting to provide the Mid-South with quality educational and cultural programs that inform, entertain, and inspire. For more information:

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