Find the Tectonic Fault

  • By Peter Tyson
  • Posted 06.01.09
  • NOVA scienceNOW

In 2008, geophysicist Beatrice Magnani and her team discovered a previously unknown fault deep beneath Memphis, Tennessee, in an area home to millions of people. The fault could still be active and, if so, could potentially release a major earthquake. In this interactive, see if you can find the new fault within a so-called "seismic section," a picture of the subsurface created with sound.

Launch Interactive

In this seismic image, see if you can locate an unsettling new fault just discovered beneath the Mississippi River.



(Beatrice Magnani, tugboat)
Courtesy Beatrice Magnani
© WGBH Educational Foundation
(1812 earthquake)
© Bettmann/CORBIS

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