Responses to Iben Browning's Prediction of a 1990 New Madrid, Missouri, Earthquake [open pdf - 104MB]
"On December 3, 1990, residents of New Madrid, Mo., and the central Mississippi Valley region anxiously awaited the outcome of the prediction of a major earthquake by Iben Browning, an independent business consultant from near Albuquerque, N. Mex. [New Mexico] [...] The media hype and public agitation surrounding this prediction were remarkable considering Browning's lack of qualifications in seismology and the denunciation of this prediction by practically all earthquake seismologists. [...] This report documents how this prediction became credible to many members of the media, the emergency preparedness corps, and the general public."
U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1083
U.S. Government Publishing Office: http://www.gpo.gov/