A viral video purporting to show the Mississippi River draining into the New Madrid fault is gaining viewers despite news reports debunking it.
The 8.5-minute YouTube video, titled “Mississippi River Going Dry Above New Madrid Fault,” alleges to show the Mississippi River gone completely dry as though one could walk across to Missouri. It purports that the river is draining into the New Madrid fault and an earthquake is imminent, according to coverage from WQAD.
The National Weather Service, however, indicates river gauges from the Quad Cities to Memphis have no stretches of dry riverbed and barges are still traversing the river. The Mississippi is low, but still higher than it was at this time of year - a typical “dry season” - in 2012.
WQAD meteorologist Eric Sorenson said that he is not aware of any situation where the river would lose water due to a crack in the earth. Instead, he said, lower river depth is due to a dry season in the Midwest and sunny, unnaturally late warmth, which dries up river water.
Nevertheless, the video has gotten more than 340,000 views to date.
The video was posted by a website titled MrMBB333, which is funded through a Patreon with 35 patrons and states it follows climate news and UFOs to counteract “misinformation.”
Among other items on its site are pieces about “thousands of alien skulls hidden in Malta,” another planetary system hidden by government simulators and mirrors, and a 60-foot “dragon skeleton” found in China. Other videos refer to “a large sphere leap(ing) from the surface of the sun,” or a mysterious object flying in front of the moon.