Item Number: MI53

The risk of earthquakes in Indiana is very real. Geologists at the Indiana Geological Survey, along with geologists at both the regional and national level, have determined that active seismic zones exist in both the southwestern and northeastern parts of the state. While these regions have not hosted a major earthquake in recent history, evidence exists that faults within these seismic zones have produced significant (greater than 7.0 on the Richter scale) earthquakes in the past, and could do so again. A major earthquake in Indiana or nearby states will impact all or most of Indiana. Understanding and preparing for Indiana's earthquake risk is essential if Hoosiers are to minimize the potential damage and loss of life from an earthquake in the region. In this 21-minute DVD program, you will learn about the earthquake risk in Indiana from Indiana Geological Survey geologists and from seismologists in Indiana and Ohio. You will also meet the State Emergency Management Agency staff, first responders, and experts in disaster preparedness who are working to make sure that the effects of a damaged infrastructure are minimized and that essential services continue with minimal interruption. State and local officials will describe what they are doing to mitigate potential and local officials will describe what they are doing to mitigate potential damage and loss of life, and share some very simple and inexpensive steps that every family should take to minimize the risk in their own homes.

2005, Preparing for Indiana's Earthquake Risk: Indiana Geological Survey Miscellaneous Item 53

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