State Emergency Management Agency News Release
JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNORContact:
- Mike O'Connell , Communications Director
- (573) 751-4819
PAUL PARMENTER, SEMA DIRECTOR
News Release ID: N09120001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2012
More than 390,000 Missourians already registered to participate in statewide earthquake drill on Feb. 7
More than 1.7 million in nine-state region will participate in "Great Central U.S. ShakeOut" on 200th anniversary of Great New Madrid Earthquake
· DROP to the ground
· take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table
· HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops
The New Madrid Seismic Zone, centered in southeast Missouri, is the nation's
earthquake zone east of the Rocky Mountains. At least three of the largest earthquakes in the
continental United States occurred in the region from1811-12. The largest of the quakes was
centered in New Madrid and occurred on Feb. 7, 1812. The earthquakes were followed by
aftershocks that continued for more than two years. More than 2,000 shocks were felt at least
180 miles away from their epicenters.
Much more information on the ShakeOut and earthquake preparedness is available from the State Emergency Management Agency. Go to www.sema.dps.mo.gov and select Earthquakes in the "How do I prepare for" section for:
· A three-minute video showing Missouri fourth graders taking part in a ShakeOut "Drop, Cover, Hold On" drill.
· A slide show highlighting earthquake history and preparedness in Missouri.
· A ShakeOut drill manual with instructions for four different levels of drill participation.
· Many more details on Missouri's earthquake history, geology, and preparedness activities.
For more information, call (573) 751-4819 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org