In 1983, the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee formed the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for mitigation and risk reduction for earthquake improves public earth-quake awareness and education; coordinates multi-state planning for earthquake preparedness, response, and recovery; and encourages research in earthquake hazard reduction. The principal objective of the emergency management is to prevent or reduce the risk to life and property from earthquake. The following five issues that have been received by the CUSEC in case of emergency management for future earthquake on the New Madrid fault line. It is said that half a loaf is better than no loaf.
In 1993, with USGS support and collaboration, the CUSEC State Geologists began a significant effort to map earthquake hazards. In 1995 they completed a regional soils map that can be used to locate areas likely to experience intense shaking in earthquakes. This was revised in 1999. In 2003-2004, the CUSEC State Geologists worked with the USGS to create an informative
Adopting and enforcing building codes with seismic provisions is the most important single step that local governments can take to minimize future earthquake related building losses.3 More CUSEC states and local jurisdictions are adopting building codes containing the most up to date earth-quake design standards. Efforts to ensure the seismic safety of critical structures, such as dams, bridges, and highways, have accelerated. For example, transportation agencies in Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee initiated programs to strengthen highway bridges that do not meet earthquake design standards.
By incorporating mitigation practices4 like this in the daily decisions that are made in our communities, the effects of earthquakes, and other hazards, can be minimized, to a certain extent. Earthquake hazard mitigation is, and will continue to be, CUSEC's highest priority. Every mitigation action that is taken today can reduce casualties, damages, and economic losses that will occur during a damaging earthquake.
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The loss of life and devastation in the Gulf coast region of the United States following the hurricane season of 2005 has led to considerable debate about what should be done and