The Midwest will likely see one of its biggest natural disasters very soon and it isn’t an F-5 tornado.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is predicting an earthquake so big that it is being coined as a “megaquake”.

According to the USGS, the number of significant earthquakes has quintupled in the eastern and central regions in the last several years.

They predict it to occur on the New Madrid fault zone, which is six times larger than the San Andreas fault zone in California and is also known for being the most consistent for delivering earthquakes.

Scientists are assuring that the New Madrid fault zone is overdue for a cataclysmic seismic event by about 30 years.  And when it does occur, scientists believe it will be the biggest disaster in modern American history.

Eight states took part in a multi-state disaster drill to prepare for such an event last Wednesday.

But if you live outside of the Midwest and think this will not affect you—you might want to reconsider—because this earthquake will likely be felt by the entire United States.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources commented on this:

“Due to the harder, colder, drier and less fractured nature of the rocks in the earth’s crust in the central United Statesearthquakes in this region shake and damage an area approximately 20 times larger than earthquakes in California and most other active seismic areas.

 Even though large earthquakes occur much less frequently in the NMSZ than in California, the long-term average quake threat, in terms of square miles affected per century, is about the same because of the approximately 20 times larger area affected in the central United States.”

In 1811 and 1812, a series of earthquakes on the New Madrid were so devastating they cracked sidewalks in Washington D.C. and even rang church bells in Boston, Massachusetts thousands of miles away.

Here is some testimony from eyewitness accounts of those earthquakes:

“The Midwest was sparsely populated, and deaths were few. But 8-year-old Godfrey Lesieur saw the ground ‘rolling in waves.’  Michael Braunm observed the river suddenly rise up ‘like a great loaf of bread to the height of many feet.’ 

Sections of riverbed below the Mississippi rose so high that part of the river ran backward.  Thousands of fissures ripped open fields, and geysers burst from the earth, spewing sand, water, mud and coal high into the air.”

That is especially terrifying when you factor in the risk of it affecting nuclear power plants across the country, much like the 6.6 earthquake that hit Fukushima, Japan in April of 2011, causing an evacuation of the area surrounding their power plant.

A writer at Infowars has been monitoring the random earthquakes that have rocked the region.  Just a few days ago, Oklahoma recorded a magnitude of 5.8, which was the biggest in the history of the state.

The writer noted:

 “Over the past week, a previous article that I did about the coming New Madrid earthquake has gone megaviral. The Most Important News has gotten more traffic than ever before, and I believe that there is a reason why this old article has suddenly struck such a chord.

 There are lots and lots of people out there that believe that the time for the New Madrid megaquake is drawing very close.  If you are not familiar with these things, this may sound very strange to you.

But the truth is that God has been showing people what is coming literally for decades, and now there seems to be a tremendous amount of urgency in the air.  So let us hope and pray that it does not happen any time soon, but without a doubt our planet is becoming increasingly unstable and we live in very unusual times.”

If you do live along the New Madrid fault line or near it, make sure you prepare yourself for the worst.