Hazards and Disasters


Is there a high risk of earthquakes in the Midwestern United States

Great earthquakes struck the New Madrid, Missouri, area in 1811 and 1812. They caused considerable damage (some areas experienced shaking at the level of XI on the Mercalli scale) and were felt as far away as the East Coast. The potential exists for future earthquakes in the region, since earthquakes have occurred there before. Planning and preparedness continues throughout the region, centered at the junction of Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi.


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