Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium - CUSEC

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...

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March 2014
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 5 - Quake on the Lake; Reelfoot Lake, Tennessee
April 14-16 - CAPSTONE-14 Final Exercise Design Meeting; Nashville, Tennessee
April 21 - CUSEC Board of Directors CAPSTONE-14 Planning Teleconference

April 22 - CAPSTONE-14 Final Planning Meeting; Virtual Teleconference
April 29-30 - CUSEC State Transportation Taskforce Planning Meeting; Sikeston, Missouri

May 2014
May 19 - CUSEC Board of Directors CAPSTONE-14 Planning Teleconference
May 21-22 - National Earthquake Program Managers Meeting; Denver, Colorado

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 17:06
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FEMA Building Science Branch Releases 2013 Report
April 2014 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released their Building Science Branch: Fiscal Year 2013 in Review report. The Building Science Branch, which resides in the Risk Reduction Division of FEMA's Federal Insurance Mitigation Administration (FIMA), is staffed by highly skilled national experts on building codes, proper construction techniques, and rebuilding strategies. The Branch has the lead role in the development, production, and promotion of more than 250 resources that incorporate the most up-to-date building codes, seismic design guidelines, floodproofing, wind design, and other natural and man-made hazards requirements for new construction and the repair of existing buildings. These resources include publications, guidance, tools, training courses, outreach materials, technical bulletins, and recovery advisories.

The Building Science Branch and its partners, including CUSEC, help implement, support, and promote earthquake risk reduction through the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP).  To view or download the full report, visit the FEMA Library website: http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/92970.

To view or download FEMA NEHRP publications and products, visit the Earthquake Publications website: http://www.fema.gov/earthquake-publications.

USGS Announces 2015 Earthquake Research Grant Program
March 2014 - The US Geological Survey recently announced they will award up to $5 million in grants for earthquake hazards research in 2015.  “The grants offered through the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program are an established and long-standing effort that have proven to be a success every year, with talented, scientific applicants who significantly contribute to the advancement of earthquake research,” said Bill Leith, USGS Senior Science Advisor for Earthquake and Geologic Hazards. “Every year we are rewarded by innovative proposals from across the country, so we encourage the continued submission of new ideas to help earthquake science evolve and, ultimately, reduce earthquake losses.”

Each year the USGS awards earthquake hazards research grants to universities, state geological surveys, and private institutions. Past projects included investigating the Central Virginia Seismic Zone to develop a better understanding of this active seismic zone; examining the paleoseismic record in the Prince William Sound area of Alaska to characterize earthquakes prior to the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 to better understand future earthquakes in this hazard-prone area; and using GPS to measure ground deformation in the greater Las Vegas area and provide information on how faults will rupture in large, damaging earthquakes.

Interested researchers can apply online at GRANTS.GOV under funding opportunity number G14AS00036. Applications are due May 22, 2014.

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 15:52
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