Status of Predicting Earthquakes in New Madrid Zone To Be Discussed Oct.13

Monday, October 11, 2004

A geologist with the federal Earthquake Hazards Program will discuss progress that has been made on predicting the possibility of earthquakes in the Mississippi Valley region during a free public lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at The University of Tulsa.

Eugene Schweig with the Center for Earthquake Research and Information of the U.S. Geological Survey will speak at 6 p.m. in Room M-1 of Keplinger Hall, Fifth Street and Harvard Avenue. The talk is titled “Earthquake Hazards of the Mississippi Valley: Digging up the Past, Forecasting the Future.”

Schweig will discuss new research and technology deployed by the Geological Survey that is designed to reduce the risk posed by the New Madrid seismic zone, which runs from west of Memphis into southern Illinois. In 1811-1812, the area experienced strong earthquakes estimated at magnitude 7.5 to 8.0.

Geologists say the potential for damage to property and risk to life is of great concern because of loose soil conditions common along the zone.

The lecture is sponsored by TU’s Department of Geosciences as part of Earth Science Week. For more information, call 631-2517.