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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 16:59

Illinois Emergency Management Says Be Ready for the Big One, with Earthquake Preparedness

(TNS) — It is easy to forget that slightly more than 100 years ago some of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded rocked Illinois and Missouri, but the Illinois Emergency Management Agency will be reminding people throughout the month of February.

The Metro East is situated near two fault lines — including the New Madrid Fault, which produced the largest earthquakes in the continental U.S. in 1811-1812.

“In addition to the New Madrid Seismic Zone, where the 1811-12 quakes occurred, southern Illinois is also adjacent to the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone,” said IEMA Interim Director Jennifer Ricker. “We can’t predict when the next devastating earthquake in this region will happen, but we can help people learn how to protect themselves and reduce damage to their homes.”