Millions of Americans are preparing for the “big one.” Shakeout drills conducted on Thursday are designed to make sure you know how to react in the event of an earthquake. An estimated half a million Missourians signed up, possibly spurred by recent activity felt within the New Madrid Seismic Zone.
Projection models show that a magnitude 6.5 quake in Missouri’s bootheel would cause at least 100 deaths and more than 2500 injuries. It would also result in widespread structural and infrastructure damage, power outages, pipeline interruptions, and more problems over several states. SEMA Earthquake Program Manager Jeff Briggs says the New Madrid is capable of producing even larger, more damaging quakes.
Similar drills are conducted annually all across the globe. Learn more at www.shakeout.org.