A Marshall County, Miss., man says historians and geologists have it all wrong when they claim the Great New Madrid Earthquake was caused by two plates in the Earth's crust rubbing together.
When FOX13 News first met Tony Hood, we swore he looked like a character from "Swamp People." When Tony started saying a large meteor had slammed into his Marshall County property, we wondered if Tony hadn't been hit in the head with a large rock.
"When you see the evidence, it's going to be obvious," claims Tony.
Tony believes that a meteor slammed into his property on Dec. 16, 1811, causing the earth's plates to slip and triggered the Great New Madrid Earthquake.
"Well, if I found a couple of rocks that looked unusual, and I thought the New Madrid Quake may have caused this land," he said. "But after I found a couple of rocks that appeared to be meteorites, that's when I thought this was something unusual."
Tony claims that the meteor was part of a comet that passed near the earth in 1811. When the great quake happened there were reports of brilliant lights in the skies and hellish smells. Some say that was caused by the great quake.
Tony says no. It sounds more like what slammed into his property.
"Well it came from a comet, so it was a different kind of meteor," he said. "It was mostly ice and sand and it came from a low trajectory from the south."
For the last 12 years, this amateur geologist has collected rocks on the family's property and speaks of them in scientific terms, not in plain English.
"You just go up here and pick up rocks and see vitrification from sand turned to glass and fall back breccia and evidence of what appears to be shock quartz and nano-diamonds, and you find these everywhere here," he said.
Geologists have dismissed Tony's claims, saying his property was just affected by the running waters of an ancient river and the rocks he found are just rocks.
But, Tony dismisses the geologists claims.
"They are faulty. They are not complete. They're not complete," he said of the geologists. "This is the only mechanism that could possibly have produced the topography of Mississippi."