Quake Cottage/NEHRP 10

Status Start Date End Date Locations
Active Apr 1, 2022 Aug 31, 2022 All Counties
Director: Polly Sturgeon
Other Researchers: Victoria Leffel, Todd Thompson, Matthew Johnson IDHS
Funding: Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS)
Issue: The Indiana Geological and Water Survey (IGWS), the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), and the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) share the same concern: namely, that the general public may not be properly informed about earthquake risks in the Central US. 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 citizens within the Central US are at some risk to the dangers that earthquakes may pose.
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Products: The IGWS will produce a preliminary landslide susceptibility map and offer a simulator event for Year 10 of the program.
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. The outreach event will provide participants with the opportunity to safely experience potential shaking intensities resulting from Central US earthquakes, while the landslide susceptibility map will educate homeowners and emergency managers on earthquake hazards in the state of Indiana.