Several Earthquake Talks Presented

Illinois State Geological Survey geologist Robert Bauer presented a talk on the impact of the April 18, 2008, Mt. Carmel earthquake on unreinforced brick buildings. He discussed how this impact would relate to a similar impact from earthquake shaking on similar buildings in large midwestern cities. The talk was one of eight presentations at the 15th annual program for business and industry in St. Louis on February 6, 2009. The conference attracted 330 participants. The presentations were targeted for businesses in the Midwest to share information about earthquake impacts and preparations for business continuity.

Robert Bauer also made several presentations at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region V New Madrid Catastrophic Planning Workshop on February 24-26, 2009, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The workshop presented the analytical results of a scenario for eight states for a 7.7 magnitude New Madrid earthquake. Three maps that show how soils for the eight states would behave during an earthquake were produced by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium of State Geologists, of which the Illinois State Geological Survey is a member, for use in this computer loss estimation analysis. Participants worked in breakout sessions to produce responses for such an event. The Illinois State Geological Survey, Indiana Geological Survey, and the U.S. Geological Survey, with input from federal and state emergency managers, worked on their individual agency's earthquake response plans with consideration of coordination between agencies and states. This planning will continue in three additional FEMA regions with participation by the state geological surveys from those regions. The resulting plans will be used in an eight-state earthquake exercise in May 2011.