The Problem: The probability for an earthquake of
magnitude 6.0 or greater in the central U.S. is fairly significant in
the near future, with a 25-40% chance of occurring in any 50 year time
period. A quake with a magnitude equal to that of the 1811- 1812
quakes could result in great loss of life and property damage in the
billions of dollars.
Scientists believe we could be overdue for a large earthquake
and through research and public awareness may be able to prevent such
losses. By learning about the potential earthquake hazards in your area
and by taking certain preparedness measures now, you can increase your
chances of surviving an earthquake and minimize its dangerous and
The Danger: The actual movement of the ground in an
earthquake is seldom the direct cause of death or injury. Most
casualties result from falling objects and debris which is a result of
the earthquake shaking. The duration and amount of shaking associated
with an earthquake as well as the age and construction type of a
structure greatly determines the amount of damage that may result.
Older structures built with little or no seismic design will be the
first structures to be tested by an earthquake.
Earthquakes can also cause secondary effects such as fires,
liquefaction and landslides.
What can you do? There are many actions you can take
to prepare and reduce the danger from earthquakes to yourself, your
family, and others. Use the links below to find out more about what you
can do before, during, and after an earthquake.
The Central United States Earthquake Consortium or any of its Member States are not responsible and assume no liability for any actions undertaken by any person utilizing information contained herein or liability for any injury, death or property loss which occurs in connection with your use of this information.