A geologic study warns the New Madrid Fault Line in the central U.S. could still be active. (Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Nearly 202 years ago (February 7, 1812) a massive earthquake struck the New Madrid fault causing widespread destruction.
It had been the third of a series of large earthquakes to shake the region. At that time modern methods of measuring earthquakes were not used, but present-day seismologists believe those quake were around a magnitude 7.5 or 7.7. Making it the largest earthquakes ever recorded in the continental U.S.
Devastation from the earthquakes touched seven states Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas, but it was felt much farther.