Earthquakes in the Central United States

Robert Bauer presented three talks to Illinois groups regarding earthquakes in the central United States:

  • February, 9, 2011, in O'Fallon to 75 participants from 18 local health departments, at the Illinois Department of Public Health Region 4 meeting. The presentation covered expected general damage and safety practices for responders during earthquake events. These southwestern Illinois health departments will participate in a national level exercise in May 2011.
  • February 22 and 24, 2011, in Peoria at the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System state conference to 400 fire chiefs and commanders and 200 fire dispatchers. Bauer presented information on earthquakes throughout the state, the general damage that might occur, and personal safety for first responders with an emphasis on additional damage from aftershocks.
  • February 23, 2011, in Springfield to 75 participants at the Illinois Association of Mutual Insurance Companies state conference. Information was presented on earthquakes throughout the state, the estimated numbers of structural damage for various earthquake events, the general damage that might occur, and personal safety practices. He also discussed the difference between damages resulting from earthquakes and from coal mine subsidence.