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The January 23, 1812 New Madrid earthquake is estimated at  a magnitude 7.5, and occurred about 9:15 in the morning.

This event was also widely felt throughout the region. Damage was reported in an area of about 232,000 square miles.

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Central U.S. to Observe EQ Awareness Month

201 years ago today, at 9:15 a.m., a major earthquake struck the central United States near New Madrid, Missouri.  The second in a series of at least three magnitude 7.0-8.0 earthquakes, an earthquake of this size today would be felt by millions of people and cause billions of dollars in damage an eight state area. 


Beginning in the last week of January and throughout the month of February, CUSEC and our Member States will host various activities to highlight earthquake awareness and preparedness. Activities include press conferences, seminars, workshops, Governor's proclamations, town hall meetings, exhibits and safety fairs, public service announcements, earthquake related training, and the 3rd annual Great Central U.S. ShakeOut.  


Visit the CUSEC calendar to learn more about the activities occurring during the Earthquake Awareness Month and beyond.


Documentary Highlights 1811-12 New Madrid Earthquakes

New Madrid: The Earthquakes of 1811-1812, a documentary recently released in the central U.S., takes a look at the New Madrid Seismic Zone and the history behind several of the most powerful earthquakes in continental U.S. history.


This documentary also explains why earthquakes occur in the central U.S., and why they are more powerful and destructive than those in the west coast. Selected by dozens of PBS affiliates for showing, this program will or has been seen across the nation, from Los Angeles to Boston, with prime time showings several areas.  Since the fall of 2012, this documentary has been seen in at least 13 states with over 51 million potential viewers.


New Madrid: The Earthquakes of 1811-1812 was produced by Gary Patterson (CERI) and Pale Moon Media, and sponsored by the West TN Seismic Safety Commission (WTSSC), the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), , the University of Memphis' Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The full video can be found on the CERI homepage.   


GSA to Complete HAZUS Project in February

Also as part of Earthquake Awareness Month, the Geological Survey of Alabama (GSA) plans to complete a HAZUS analysis that estimates damages and losses from a hypothetical earthquake centered in Fort Payne, Alabama. HAZUS, a computer based loss estimation tool developed by FEMA, is used by local and state governments for planning and analysis of potential hazards such as earthquake, wind, and flood events.


The GSA project incorporates soil amplification, liquefaction and landslide information into the HAZUS program, which will provide a more realistic picture of expected earthquake shaking and damages. The analysis, maps, and loss estimations will be provided to the Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) for mitigation and emergency response planning purposes. Information about this project will also be made available on the GSA website at 

CUSEC Spotlight:  Missouri SAVE Coalition

While Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) is known for its decades of dedicated service in emergency preparedness and response to all varieties of disasters, SEMA's earthquake program also has a long standing program that gives many in the "Show Me State" an opportunity to give back to their communities through volunteer service.


Formed by state law in 1991, the Missouri Structural Assessment and Visual Evaluation (SAVE) Coalition is an organized cadre of professionals who volunteer to assist SEMA in determining which buildings are safe for occupancy following a disaster. Individuals in this group work in the fields of engineering, architecture, building inspection and construction. Members of are trained in rapid visual evaluation of buildings using FEMA and Applied Technology Council methodologies and to date more than one thousand individuals have been trained throughout Missouri.


Following the devastating Joplin, Missouri tornado in May 2011, 69 SAVE volunteers were deployed to inspect more than 6,000 structures for safe occupancy. Collectively, they donated 1,100 hours of service over a three day period. More recently, the SAVE Coalition was deployed to inspect buildings following the March 2012 Branson tornado.  Visit to learn more about Missouri's SAVE Coalition.


As part of CAPSTONE-14, other CUSEC Member States are preparing to adopt similar volunteer inspector, building inventory, and training/certification programs. In the event of a damaging earthquake, these volunteers may be called to action as part of the interstate mutual aid agreement known as the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, or EMAC.    

SAVE Coalition
Missouri SAVE Coalition volunteers during the
March 2012 Branson, MO tornado response... 
Indiana Governor Appoints new IDHS Director

John Hill has been named as the next Executive Director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS).   Hill replaces Director Joe Wainscott, who recently retired.  In 2006, Mr. Hill was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) after previously serving the FMCSA as Chief Safety Officer and Assistant Administrator. In that role, he was involved in terrorism and hurricane response and emergency preparedness planning for natural disasters. Prior to his work on a national level, Hill served as a member of the Indiana State Police from 1974-2003, providing expertise as Commander of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Field Enforcement and Logistics Divisions.  


CUSEC would like to thank Joe Wainscott for his dedicated service to CUSEC during his tenure as IDHS Executive Director and wish him well in his future endeavors.

January 2013
1/24 - Governor's Earthquake Advisory Council Meeting; Jonesboro, AR
1/29 -
ATC-20 Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluation Training; O'Fallon, IL
1/30 - FEMA E-74:  Reducing Non-Structural Earthquake Risks Webinar
1/31 - FEMA 395:  Earthquake Safety Schools Webinar 
1/31 - MO Seismic Safety Commission Meeting; St. Louis, Missouri


February 2013

2/1 - Earthquake Awareness Month begins; Throughout Central U.S.
2/1 - 20th Annual Earthquakes: Mean Business Conference; St. Louis, MO

2/2 - GET READY! Fair; Carbondale, Illinois
2/7 - Great Central U.S. ShakeOut; AL, AR, KY, IL, IN, OK, MO, MS, TN
2/8 - FEMA 74: Non-Structural Mitigation Training; N.Little Rock, AR

2/9 -  St. Louis Science Center Earthquake Expo; St. Louis, MO

2/11-12 - CUSEC Board of Directors Meeting; Orange Beach, AL
2/12-15 - EERI Annual Meeting; Seattle, Washington
2/13 - CAPSTONE-14 Concepts and Objectives Meeting; Orange Beach, AL
2/16 - Earthquake Outreach Expo; Cape Girardeau, MO

2/16-17 - EarthScope/New Madrid Earthquakes Workshop; Normal, IL


To view more upcoming events, please visit our website calendar.