Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  27 minutes
Date:  1993
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Hidden Fury

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The danger posed by the New Madrid earthquake zone along the Mississippi River.

Hidden Fury

The New Madrid earthquake zone, located along the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee, has received little attention in recent years. But in 1811 it was the site of the most powerful series of earthquakes ever known on earth. Some two million square miles were affected, and shocks were felt as far away as Montreal, Canada - 1,200 miles from the epicenter.

According to experts, another major earthquake will likely occur in the New Madrid Earthquake Zone in the next 50 years. With the aid of computer graphics, the geologic characteristics of the region and the tectonic nature of earthquakes are explained. Additionally, the relatively stable region of the central United States is compared to the well-known seismicity of California. This is a fascinating science adventure that, for many people, will hit very close to home.

'Interesting, easy to follow, full of good information, and well illustrated with high-quality computer graphics and live-action footage...effective in any historical geology or tectonics class to show how the understanding of ancient tectonic history can elucidate issues that face modern society.' ***** Journal of Geological Education

'Smoothly edited into a vibrant, coherent, accessible whole with an excellent balance of interviews to visuals. Highly recommended for classroom use in earth science courses and for the general public.' **** Video Rating Guide

'Explains the geologic origins of earthquakes, cites the difficulties of predicting action along the New Madrid Fault, and calmly alerts viewers to a hidden threat.' Booklist


CINE Golden Eagle
Bronze Apple, National Educational Film and Video Festival
Best Of Category, Birmingham International Educational Festival


Main credits

Prose, Doug V. (screenwriter)
Prose, Doug V. (film producer)
Wescott, Don (narrator)

Other credits

Edited by Laurie Schmidt; cinematography, Doug Prose; original music by Doug Prose, Mel Von Kriegenbergh, Ed Goldfarb; scientific advisor, Dr. Kaye Shedlock.

Distributor credits

Doug Prose/Earth Images Foundation

Doug Prose/Earth Images Foundation

Docuseek2 subjects

American Studies
Early 19th Century
Environmental History
Physical Geography
American (U.S.) Studies

Distributor subjects

Earth Science
Plate Tectonics
American Studies


Mississippi River, earthquakes, epicenter, Tennessee; "Hidden Fury"; Bullfrog Films

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