Release date: FEBRUARY 5, 2013
Release Number: RIV-13-01
ATLANTA – In two days, more than 2.5 million people are expected to participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill.
The ShakeOut will be held Thursday, February 7 at 10:15 a.m. local time. It is a multi-state earthquake drill for millions of people to simultaneously practice the recommended response to earthquake shaking.
Thursday’s drill marks the anniversary of the last of the powerful New Madrid earthquakes, a series of at least three magnitude 7-8.0 quakes that struck in the winter of 1811-12 and affected many parts of this region. If it happened today, an earthquake would cause injury and loss of life, and widespread damage and disruption to the nation’s economy and built environment.
Originally posted by AuntB
Slightly off subject but I got a recorded call today letting me know that the Code Red system was up and would notify in case of emergency. I guess in case of catastrophic events they will call and let us know.
Originally posted by dragonlover12
reply to post by Vasa Croe
I`ll be doing the drill here in Arkansas.
The first time I thought it was a waste of time til I actually did it. When I was under my desk in my studio I saw lots of things in my space that needed "quake improvement". I`m glad I did.
There is broad agreement in the scientific community that a continuing concern exists for a major destructive earthquake in the New Madrid seismic zone, which covers the Central U.S. Many structures in Memphis, Tenn., St. Louis, Mo., and other communities in the central Mississippi River Valley region are said to be vulnerable and at risk from severe ground shaking. The assessment is based on decades of research on New Madrid earthquakes and related phenomena by dozens of federal, university, state, and consulting earth scientists
February 7, 1812, 0945 UTC (4:45 a.m.); (M ~7.4–8.0) epicenter near New Madrid, Missouri. New Madrid was destroyed. At St. Louis, Missouri, many houses were severely damaged, and their chimneys were toppled. This shock was definitively attributed to the Reelfoot Fault by Johnston and Schweig. Uplift along a segment of this reverse fault created temporary waterfalls on the Mississippi at Kentucky Bend, created waves that propagated upstream, and caused the formation of Reelfoot Lake by obstructing streams in what is now Lake County, Tennessee.