Welcome to the CUSEC Website. Our site covers everything from
basic earthquake safety and mitigation issues, to a calendar of events
and the some of the science behind the seismicity in the central United States. We want to have
a site that is informative and easy to navigate and we welcome your feedback. Thanks for visiting...
February 1-28 - Earthquake Awareness Month (Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee)
February 4 - Missouri Seismic Safety Commission Meeting; Jefferson City, Missouri
February 8 - Earthquake Awareness Fair (10AM- 2PM) St. Louis Science Center; St. Louis, Missouri
February 10-11 - CUSEC Board of Directors Meeting; Lexington, Kentucky February 11 - CAPSTONE-14 Building Inspector Workshop #3; Lexington, Kentucky
February 12-13 - Resource Allocation Workshop III (RAWIII); Lexington, Kentucky
February 22 - "The Earth Moves Under Our Feet"; Leasburg, Missouri
February 24 - CUSEC Board of Directors CAPSTONE-14 Planning Teleconference
February 25-26 - CEUS Earthquake Hazards Workshop; Memphis, Tennessee
February 28 - TNSAVE Meeting; Jackson, Tennessee
March 6-7 - CAPSTONE-14 Private Sector Workshop; Deerfield, Illinois
March 9-14 - NEMA Mid-Year Policy & Leadership Forum; Alexandria, Virginia
March 24 - CUSEC Board of Directors CAPSTONE-14 Planning Teleconference
April 2014 April 9 - CAPSTONE-14 Final Planning Meeting; Virtual Teleconference April 21 - CUSEC Board of Directors CAPSTONE-14 Planning Teleconference
April 29-30 - CUSEC State Transportation Taskforce Workshop; Sikeston, Missouri
February is Earthquake Awareness Month
February 2014 - Each February, several States in the Central U.S., including Arkansas, Missouri, and Tennessee, regularly observe "Earthquake Awareness Month". For more than 20 years, Earthquake Awareness Month has provided an opportunity to increase public knowledge of earthquake hazards and earthquake preparedness measures. Activities during the month typically include earthquake themed exhibits, public service announcements, specialized training, public workshops and presentations, social media outreach, and more.
Also, CUSEC recently partnered with the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency and Bootheel Youth Museum in Malden, Missouri to produce a short video on earthquake preparedness for K-3 students. The video is based on an adaptation of the children's classic story "The Three Little Pigs" and was created by the Museum as a way to teach children about the possibility of earthquakes in the New Madrid Seismic Zone and ways to prepare for those earthquakes. The skit was filmed in mid-2013 and is intended to be used as a teaching tool during the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut and Earthquake Awareness Month. To watch the video, go to http://youtu.be/SEsfVr-7Ia8
Threat of Earthquakes in the Central U.S. Remains
January 2014 - According to a recent study published in "Science" by U.S. Geological Survey seismologists Morgan Page and Susan Hough, the threat of New Madrid Seismic Zone earthquakes remain unchanged. Their study looked at whether current seismic activity in the region could be aftershocks from the 1811-12 New Madrid earthquake sequence or a result of current tectonic activity, a theory which has been debated by scientists and seismologists for the past several years.
In their study, Page and Hough conclude that current earthquakes are not aftershocks from the 1811-12 earthquakes, but from build-up of stress caused by ongoing tectonic processes. The computer modeling the scientists used to test the "aftershock hypothesis" has confirmed what other scientists and seismologists have long held consensus on -- the New Madrid Seismic Zone is not dead.