ShakeOut is a nine-state emergency readiness drill on Feb. 7.
Tuesday, February 5
Governor Pat Quinn today called on every Illinois resident, school and business to particpate in what's being called the "largest earthquake drill in the history of the Midwest" on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 10:15 a.m. The third annual Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is a nine-state emergency preparedness drill designed to encourage residents to think about what to do before, during and after an earthquake. Participants can register for the drill online at www.shakeout.org/centralus and will receive valuable tips and information about earthquke preparedness. More than 410,000 Illinois residents are already registered for the drill, which will highlight Earthquake Preparedness Month in illinois. "It only takes a minute to register online in the …
Morton Grove Emergency Management Agency lets you know how to prepare.
Friday, January 27, 2012
More than 200 years ago, a series of major earthquakes struck the Mississippi River Valley along the New Madrid Seismic Zone. Recent events remind us that damaging earthquakes can happen at any time. With more than 40 million people living and working in the region today, a major earthquake would cause widespread damage and disruption. The New Madrid Seismic Zone stretches 150 miles southwest from Cairo, Illinois through New Madrid, Missouri into Northeastern Arkansas, crossing through five states. Four of the largest earthquakes in U.S. history, with magnitudes estimated to be as high as 8.0, occurred within a three month period between Dec. 16, 1811 and Feb. 7, 1812. This event released enough stored energy that it was able to change the…