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Study shows Midwestern earthquake could cause significant damage

Emergency Management Alert, November 25, 2008

Never mind California, the Midwest is next in line for serious earthquake damage, according to a new study by the Mid-America Earthquake Center (MAEC).
 
The study, funded by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), showed that a major Midwestern earthquake could cause as many as 6,000 deaths and $450 billion in damages, while also disrupting oil and gas supplies.
 
The eight states situated on the New Madrid Seismic Zone include Alabama, Arkansas Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. Eastern Tennessee and northeastern Alabama would sustain the most significant damage during a magnitude 7.7 earthquake—the scenario used in the study.
 
There is a 90% chance an earthquake of this magnitude could hit the region in the next 50 years. More than 3,000 tremblers have occurred along this seismic zone since 1974.
 
For the full study, click here.

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