Todd Thompson
Geological Research at the IGS

Quake Cottage Program 4

Status Start Date End Date Locations
completed Mar 1, 2015 Sep 30, 2015 All Counties
Director: Todd Thompson
Other Researchers: John Steinmetz
Funding: Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS)
Issue: The Indiana Geological Survey (IGS), the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), and the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) share the same concern: namely, that Hoosiers may not be properly informed about Indiana’s earthquake risks. Indiana has a history of mild earthquakes, most of which are centered outside its border. Some have been severe enough to result in building damage, particularly in Evansville and other parts of southwestern Indiana. Nevertheless, all of Indiana’s citizens are at some risk to the dangers that earthquakes may pose.
Objective: To educate a variety of target audiences about earthquakes hazards and risks within the state and mitigation practices that reduces the economic and health impacts of such events.
Approach: A total of ten event requests will be accepted based upon criteria such as a availability, region, target audience, and number of participants. Content delivery options are limited to a traditional presentation lecture or with the use of 44 feet of exhibit display posters. The simulator experience provides participants with the shaking intensities of M3.0, M5.5, and M7.0 earthquakes.
Products: The IGS provides participants with print content (brochures, white sheets, posters, etc.) in addition to managing Web pages with similar information. Each event is advertised through social media, online Web calendars, and additional efforts by the host site.
Benefits: While earthquakes cannot be prevented, their disastrous effects can be reduced by assessing the risks and preparing for them. Despite well-meaning and informative outreach methods that have been used to educate citizens about earthquake risks, posters, brochures, and websites may not be enough to engage individuals to focus on the message. As such, this program provides participants with the opportunity to safely experience potential shaking intensities resulting from Indiana earthquakes.

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