New Studies have shown that the sleeping fault of the New Madrid fault zone has awakened, causing over 500 earthquakes in Arkansas [rvd: more specifically, in 4 months from Sept-Dec 2010]. Since the discovery, mysterious events have taken place, thousands of birds have dropped dead out of the sky, and thousands of fish have washed up dead on the Arkansas river. According to Jack M. Reed, a retired Texaco geologist-geophysicist, this new activity on the fault zone is partly caused by the recent BP oil spill of 2010 [rvd: read the article again, and see that Reed clearly does not say this]. Reed believes that the Gulf of Mexico is currently on a tectonically active plate, and the source for most of the seismic activity along the New Madrid fault.
This New Madrid fault line stretches all the way up into Indiana and caused a recent earthquake of magnitude 3.9 in Kokomo, Indiana. The New Madrid fault created a series of magnitude 8 earthquakes in the 1800’s which leaves scientists concerned for what is to come of this potentially deadly fault line.