Association of Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium State Geologists
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Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC).
was established in 1983 with funding provided by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency. This original membership consisted of State Emergency
Managers.These members recognized that earthquakes are potentially the
greatest single event natural hazard in the nation and in the seven-state
CUSEC region. The lack of attention given to geologic factors such as soil
liquefaction, slope stability, and soil amplification of earthquake forces
have always been of concern to CUSEC. In 1992, the State Geologists from
the seven CUSEC states (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri,
Mississippi, and Tennessee) organized through a Memorandum of Understanding
to address these and similar issues. Through funding from the U.S.
Geological Survey's National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, the
Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium State Geologists are assigning
amplification values to soils in parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana,
Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, and Tennessee for enhanced ground
shaking from earthquake events. Although some data are available...
Read more of the history
FEMA New Madrid Catastrophic Planning Initiative
Eight state maps of Soil Site Classification & Liquefaction
Susceptibility were produced for the FEMA HAZUS program specifically for
the 8 state analysis performed by the Mid-America Earthquake Center for a
catastrophic event on the New Madrid faults. Much of the information
generated by this project was used as the basis for the National Level
Exercise in 2011.
Report on State Geological Surveys' Procedures
Updated 03/21/2012 RAB