For Immediate ReleaseOn Tuesday, February 7, new earthquake hazards maps of the Evansville area will be unveiled to the public. The event will take place at the Southern Indiana Career & Technology Center, which is located at 1901 Lynch Road in Evansville, Ind. The program is free and open to the public. The U.S. Geological Survey and other project contributors will host. These earthquake hazard maps are important because the Evansville area is at risk from both the New Madrid and the Wabash Valley seismic zones. The maps can be used by business leaders, city planners, utilities, and emergency managers to better prepare for future earthquakes. The maps are also of interest to property owners and the general public.
From 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm, a technical program will be presented especially for business leaders, planners, engineers, building officials, and first responders. Continuing education credit will be offered for this session. From 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm, the program is for a more general audience, including home owners and students.
There will be a special appearance by Eliza Bryan, who lived in New Madrid from 1780 until 1866. She survived the 1811–1812 New Madrid earthquakes and left detailed accounts of her experiences. Eliza Bryan will share her recollections of the Mississippi River running backwards and upheavals of the earth’s surface during those earthquakes. Phyllis Steckel, an earthquake geologist from Washington, Mo., will portray Eliza Bryan.
The Evansville Area Earthquake Hazards Mapping Project is funded by the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. The Southwest Indiana Disaster Resistant Community Corporation; Purdue University; the Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis; the U.S. Geological Survey; and the state geologic surveys of Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky are project leaders. The Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium State Geologists are also involved.
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