With all the talk of doomsday in 2011–the predictions of the ‘doomsday’ Comet Elenin–and/or 2012, the purported Maya Calendar ‘prophesy’, we wondered, has anyone written about the bizarre parallels between the current end times prophesies and what occurred two hundred years ago? Events which, according to some first hand accounts, were believed to be the ‘end of the world’ if you happened to live in the area affected by the New Madrid Earthquakes. Four devastating quakes accompanied by thousands of aftershocks that occurred between December 16, 1811, and February 7, 1812, with thousands of aftershocks throughout the spring and remainder of 1812. Just prior to the earthquakes, the appearance of ‘Tecumseh’s Comet’. First hand accounts of the earthquakes read like ‘Amazing Stories’, extraordinary accounts that paint a fuller picture than the ‘dry’ scientific recounting of the earthquakes. Before the earthquakes, the appearance of ‘Tecumseh’s Comet’.
On March 11, the 9.0 Japan earthquake and devastating tsunami. While the 9.0 quake has gotten the most press, two days prior to the 9.0, a 7.2 quake in the same region. After the 9.0, scientists said they believed the 9.0 was an ‘aftershock’ of the 7.2 quake. The last devastating quake and tsunami to strike the northeastern coast of Japan occurred 115 years earlier in 1896. During the New Madrid quakes, there was only a 5 hour period between the first quake, a 7.7, and the second quake, a 7.0. Three weeks later, a 7.5. Two weeks later, another 7.7-according to the USGS. According to some scientists some of the quakes may have been 8.0 or larger.
Elenin has recently entered the inner solar system and should pass through Mars orbit by the end of June sometime. There are several alignments that happen between then and its rendezvous with Earth that could alter its trajectory slightly.
The ecliptic is a horizontal field created by the planets and sun orbiting on a relatively flat plane. Many of these long-period objects do not travel along the ecliptic plane. They either come up from below the ecliptic, cross the ecliptic, and travel out above the ecliptic plane, or they do the opposite. In Elenin’s case, it will cross the ecliptic on September 11, 2011, and shortly thereafter line up with Mercury, the Sun, and the Earth. There is no telling how such an alignment on the ecliptic plane will affect the trajectory of Elenin.
From October 10-24, 2011 comet Elenin is forecast to be within 0.25 a.u. of Earth, according to NASA JPL diagram.
Earth Pulse Daily
The earthquakes were preceded by the appearance of a great comet, which was visible around the globe for seventeen months, and was at its brightest during the earthquakes. The comet, with an orbit of 3,065 years, was last seen during the time of Ramses II in Egypt. In 1811-1812, it was called “Tecumseh’s Comet” (or “Napoleon’s Comet” in Europe). Tecumseh was a Shawnee Indian leader whose name meant “Shooting Star” or “He who walks across the sky.” He was given this name at birth. A great orator and military leader, Tecumseh organized a confederation of Indian tribes to oppose the takeover of 3 million acres of Indian lands, which were obtained by the Treaty of Fort Wayne in 1809. His brother, a religious leader called “The Prophet,” had gained fame when he foretold the total eclipse of the sun on June 16, 1806. (They had learned about it in advance from a team of visiting astronomers.)
City of New Madrid, Missouri
According to the USGS the first quake on December 16, 1811, at 2:15 AM was a 7.7 magnitude. According to some eyewitness accounts the quake may have lasted three minutes.
This powerful earthquake was felt widely over the entire eastern United States. People were awakened by the shaking in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Charleston, South Carolina. Perceptible ground shaking was in the range of one to three minutes depending upon the observers location. The ground motions were described as most alarming and frightening in places like Nashville, Tennesse, and Louisville, Kentucky. Reports also describe houses and other structures being severely shaken with many chimneys knocked down. In the epicentral area the ground surface was described as in great convulsion with sand and water ejected tens of feet into the air (liquefaction)
There were also reports of submerged trees ‘shooting up’ from the bottom of the Mississippi, their roots above the water, treacherous for boats. The air ‘turned dark’; people sick from a ‘nauseating smell’. Continuous ‘thunder’ noises emanating from beneath the ground. Giant holes opening up in the ground swallowing trees and ‘showers of coal’ spewing from beneath the ground. ‘Flashes of light on the horizon.’
Five hours later, a magnitude 7.
The giant quakes were followed by continuous strong aftershocks.
On January 23, 1812, a 7.5 quake.
Two weeks later on February 7, 1812, another 7.7 quake. Four devastating quakes in the same area between December and February with 1,000 of aftershocks that continued well into 1812. An area which, in 1811 and 1812 was sparsely populated.
Info on the New Madrid Quakes:
4: Number of principal quakes that occurred during the series. The first major quake occurred at 2:15 am local time on December 16, 1811, followed by the second five hours later. The third occurred on January 23, 1812 and the fourth on February 7, 1812. The second quake is sometimes regarded as an aftershock rather than a principal quake, because it was smaller and occurred so soon after the first. About 200 aftershocks of magnitude 4.0 or greater were also recorded, along with numerous smaller quakes.
7.0: Minimum estimated magnitude (on the Richter scale) of each of the principal quakes according to the United States Geological Service. Seismographs were not in use at the time in North America, so the magnitudes have been estimated by later researchers based on accounts of the earthquakes. The USGS has estimated the magnitudes, in chronological order, as 7.7, 7.0, 7.5, and 7.7., although other estimates suggest that several of them were magnitude 8.0 or higher. The largest earthquake ever recorded in the U.S. was magnitude 9.2, which occurred in Alaska on March 3, 1964.
Details From Eyewitness Accounts
The Virtual Times:
‘On the 16th of December, 1811, about two o’clock, A.M., we were visited by a violent shock of an earthquake, accompanied by a very awful noise resembling loud but distant thunder, but more hoarse and vibrating, which was followed in a few minutes by the complete saturation of the atmosphere, with sulphurious vapor, causing total darkness. The screams of the affrighted inhabitants running to and fro, not knowing where to go, or what to do – the cries of the fowls and beasts of every species – the cracking of trees falling, and the roaring of the Mississippi – the current of which was retrogade for a few minutes, owing as is supposed, to an irruption in its bed — formed a scene truly horrible.’
There were several shocks of a day, but lighter than those already mentioned until the 23d of January, 1812, when one occurred as violent as the severest of the former ones, accompanied by the same phenomena as the former. From this time until the 4th of February the earth was in continual agitation, visibly waving as a gentle sea. On that day there was another shock, nearly as hard as the proceeding ones. Next day four such, and on the 7th about 4 o’clock A.M., a concussion took place so much more violent than those that had proceeded it, that it was dominated the hard shock. The awful darkness of the atmosphere, which was formerly saturated with sulphurious vapor, and the violence of the tempestuous thundering noise that accompanied it, together with all of the other phenomena mentioned as attending the former ones, formed a scene, the description of which would require the most sublimely fanciful imagination.
‘This account of the New Madrid Earthquake was recorded by George Heinrich Crist, resisiding at the time in the north-central Kentucky county of Nelson, near the present location of Louisville. It was submitted by Floyd Creasey – 4th tier great-grandchild to author, now a Texas resident.’
The Virtual Times
8 Febuary 1812
“If we do not get away from here the ground is going to eat us alive. We had another one of them earth quakes yesterdy and today the ground still shakes at times. We are all about to go crazy – from pain and fright. We can not do anything until we can find our animals or get some more. We have not found enough to pull he wagons.
20 March 1812
“I do not know if our minds have got bad or what. But everybody says it. I swear you can still feel the ground move and shake some. We still have not found enough animals to pull the wagons and you can not find any to buy or trade.
(Transactions of the Literary and Philosophical Society of NY, vol. 1, pp. 281-307)
Samuel L. Mitchill, Representative in Congress
Transcription and notes, Susan E. Hough, U.S. Geological Survey, Pasadena (May, 2000).
Pasadena Library, USGS
‘It was observed, by Dr. Macbride of Pineville, (S.C.) that the earthquake terrified the inhabitants exceedingly. It was accompanied by several appearances that countenances the theory of this phenomenon, which brings in the agency of the electric fluid. 1. The unfrequency or absence of thunder storms; that is, they were much less frequent this year than usual, especially in the autumn. 2. Immediately before the earthquake, a red appearance of the clouds, which had much darkened the water for twenty-four hours immediately before the shock; and 3. The loudness of the thunder, and the number of the peals within twenty-four hours after the first shock, and but a few hours before the last, which was felt before he wrote. Such thunder was very unusual at that season.’
‘The town of St. Louis, in Louisiana, experienced a full proportion of the commotion. Mr. Riddick, being at St. Louis, near the Mississippi, observed to me, that the shocks were preceded by a remarkable calm. The atmosphere was of a dingy and lurid aspect, and gleams and flashes of light were frequently visible around the horizon, in different directions, generally ascending from the earth. Sometimes sounds were heard, like wind rustling thorugh the trees, but not resembling thunder.
The first earthquake was felt aobut a quarter of an hour after two in the morning of the 16th. It roused persons from their sleep, by the clatter of windows, doors, and furniture, in tremulous motion. There was a rumbling distant noise, resembling a number of carriages passing over a pavement. In a few seconds the motions and noises had considerably increased. The sky was obscurred by a thick and hazy fog, without a breath of wind. The weather was moderate, with the mercury about eight degrees above the freezing point. At forty-seven minutes after two, a second shock was felt. At thirty-four minutes after three, a third came; which was as tremulous as the first, but not followed by so much noise. A little after daylight, there was a fourth; at eight, a fifth; and at half past eleven, a sixth; several persons felt, or imagined, others. They were of different lengths, from two minutes to a few seconds. No lives were lost; some chimnies were thrown down; and a few stone houses split. The morning was observed to be very hazy, and unusually warm for the season. The houses and fences seemed to be covered with a white frost; but on examination, this appearance was illusive. A vapour hovered over every thing, and shrouded the morning in awful gloom.’
ACCOUNTS OF THE NEW MADRID EARTHQUAKE
THE LOUISIANA GAZETTE AND DAILY
ADVERTISER (NEW ORLEANS)
December 21, 1811, Saturday
No mail north of Natchez yesterday. Letters from that city state that a small earthquake had been felt there some days ago. From the principles of earthquakes we are surprised it was not felt here. Earthquakes have generally been felt in southern mountainous countries; sometimes located to a small portion of country sometimes more extended. Different nations, near the Adriatic and Mediterranean, have felt the shock of an earthquake at the same moment.
The Comet has been passing to the westward since it passed its perihelion – perhaps it has touched the mountain of California, that has given a small shake to this side of the globe – or the skake which the Natchezians have felt may be a mysterious visitation from the Author of all nature, on them for their sins – wickedness and the want of good faith have long prevailed in that territory.Sodom and Gomorrha would have been saved had three frighteous persons been found in it – we therefore hope that Natchez has been saved on the same principle.