(NaturalNews) In what is shaping up to be the worst flood situation in nearly a century, the swelling Mississippi and Ohio rivers have now breached their "flood stages" as persistent and torrential rains continue to pummel the Midwest states of Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Many areas of these states have already been flooded, and many more are threatened by emerging sand boils and falling levees that have reached or exceeded capacity.
Recent severe weather events throughout the Southeast and Midwest have already ravaged many areas throughout this region, and more threats are on the way as severe storms continue to develop, particularly across areas near the New Madrid Seismic Zone.
This little-known fault actually has the "highest earthquake risk in the United States outside the West Coast," and its destruction zone is 20 times that of major West Coast fault lines due to its unique underlying geology -- so anything significant that disrupts this area could have devastating consequences (http://www.scchealth.org/docs/ems/docs/prepare/newmadrid.html).
For those who are unaware, the New Madrid Seismic Zone is highly active, measuring more than 200 seismic events per year, and about 20 per month. Earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.0 or higher occur approximately once every decade in this zone, and the region is said to be due for another big one at any time.
And when factoring in the ongoing severe flooding caused by excessive rains, last year's BP oil disaster that agitated this seismic region, and the potential detonation of the Birds Point levee within the next few days, the likelihood of a mega-quake is potentially even further intensified.
"Right now the Mississippi River is in the process of going through what we call an epic flood, meaning it's more than historic; it's more than a 100-year flood, it's more like a 500-year flood," said Gene Rench from the National Weather Service, to My Fox Memphis last Thursday. "We could flood many homes, businesses, close down factories, people could drown."
Since the time of Rench's statement, the situation has only gotten progressively worse. And yet this emerging disaster has received little attention from the mainstream media, which has instead chosen to focus on other events that, to the discerning individual, appear more of a distraction than actual news.
People living all around the flood zone are being evacuated, and ACE is planning to blow up a 64-foot levee, but most Americans are too busy focusing on meaningless royalty weddings and flimsy tales of the supposed capture of dead terrorists.
Meanwhile, the ACE plan to help mitigate the flood situation involves literally blowing up the Birds Point levee in Missouri's Mississippi County to protect the blighted town of Cairo, whose population is less than 3,000, while at the same time destroy the land and economy of southeastern Missouri. If destroyed, the levee will send a massive deluge of water right into the plains over the New Madrid fault area.
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