Earthquake Planning Scenarios Print E-mail

While it is true that earthquakes generally strike without warning,  individuals, communities, and businesses need not wait for an earthquake to begin planning for one.  CUSEC has compiled several New Madrid earthquake scenarios that can be used in a variety of planning situations, be it mitigation, risk assessments, response and recovery, business continuity, or other use and where applicable, the scenarios can also support earthquake exercise design/development.

Note:  The scenarios presented have been created by a variety of sources.  Due to the nature of how scenarios are created, they do not necessarily represent what would happen in a earthquake. Many variables, such as time of day, epicenter of the earthquake, magnitude, soil conditions, etc. will determine what will actually occur during an actual event.  Accordingly, these scenarios should only be used for enhancing pre-earthquake planning and training.

This page will be updated with scenarios as they become publicly available.

Title Description Author Year Published

Risk Implications of Alternative Views of New Madrid Seismic Hazard

Insurance perspective on alternative loss models and variables within the New Madrid Seismic Zone

Risk Management Solutions, Inc.

2012

M6.5 New Madrid Seismic Zone ShakeOut Scenario

Generalized earthquake scenario for New Madrid Seismic Zone, for use by general public in earthquake drills

Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium

2012

M6.5 Wabash Valley Seismic Zone ShakeOut Scenario

Generalized earthquake scenario for Wabash Valley Seismic Zone, for use by general public in earthquake drills

Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium

2012

M.6.5 General Earthquake ShakeOut Scenario

Generalized earthquake scenario, for use by general public in earthquake drills

Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium

2012

DOE New Madrid Seismic Zone Electric Utility Summary

Summary of 2010 Workshop on effects of a New Madrid Earthquake on Electric Utilities

U.S. Dept. of Energy

2010

Impact of New Madrid Seismic Zone Earthquakes on the Central USA - Vol. I

Comprehensive computerized loss estimation summary on eight central U.S. States from a M7.7 earthquake

Mid-America Earthquake Center

2009

Impact of New Madrid Seismic Zone Earthquakes on the Central USA - Vol. II

Comprehensive computerized loss estimation summary on eight central U.S. States from a M7.7 earthquake

Mid-America Earthquake Center

2009

New Madrid Seismic Zone and Wabash Valley Seismic Zone: Assessing Impacts on Natural Gas Transmission

Scenario intended to aid in utility planning

Argonne National Laboratory

2009

Comparison Study of the 1985 CUSEC Six Cities Study using HAZUS

Computerized comparison study to a 1985 loss estimation study of earthquakes effects to Memphis, Little Rock, Carbondale, Evansville, Paducah, and Poplar Bluff.

Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium

2003