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April 28, 2011 - UNITED STATES

The organizers of the Great Central United States ShakeOut say the event, centered around a simultaneous drop, cover and hold drill at 10:15 am (CDT) on Apr 28, will involve more than 1 million people. The Japanese earthquake disaster in March and upcoming bicentenary of the New Madrid Earthquakes in December could increase interest in the event. It will be staged in the states impacted by the 1811 earthquakes. Home to some 40 million people, the area is still vulnerable. The member states of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium, which is organizing the event, are: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. The epicenter of the historic earthquake was present-day Memphis in Tennessee.

; The organizers of the Great Central United States ShakeOut say the event, centered around a simultaneous drop, cover and hold drill at 10:15 am (CDT) on Apr 28, will involve more than 1 million people. The Japanese earthquake disaster in March and upcoming bicentenary of the New Madrid Earthquakes in December could increase interest in the event. It will be staged in the states impacted by the 1811 earthquakes. Home to some 40 million people, the area is still vulnerable. ; The member states of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium, which is organizing the event, are: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. The epicenter of the historic earthquake was present-day Memphis in Tennessee. ; The first of three earthquakes, ranked among the largest in United States history, struck the US Midwest on 19 Dec 1811. In the aftermath of Japan's earthquake- and tsunami-triggered nuclear disaster, the 200th anniversary promises to focus attention on earthquake preparedness, as well as the vulnerability of nuclear reactors in earthquake zones. ; The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says the area is still at significant risk, It pointed out on the 199th anniversary that the area has experienced explosive growth in both population and infrastructure, and another series of earthquakes of similar intensity today could prove catastrophic both to the region and the rest of the country. Loss of the bridges over the Missippippi River could cut the country in half, and as the Midwest is a major food-producing region, radiation contamination could precipitate a food supply crisis. (WRITTEN Apr 2011) ;

; ShakeOut website

; Historic Earthquakes -- New Madrid (USGS)

; Think living in Tennessee makes you safe from earthquakes? The earthquake map of America that will make you think again (Daily Mail 16 Mar 2011)

; Resolve to be Ready web

; Little-known U.S. Fault Lines Cause For Seismic Concern About Potential Earthquakes (ABC 17 Mar 2011)

; On 199th Anniversary of New Madrid Quake, FEMA Urges Public to 'Resolve To Be Ready' (FEMA)

Date written/update: 2011-04-28