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Earthquake Insight Field Trip will visit the heart of the New Madrid Seismic Zone

On April 10, the U.S. Geological Survey will host the eighth annual Earthquake Insight Field Trip. The one-day outreach event will start and end in Memphis, Tenn. Field trip participants will learn about the earthquake history of the central US and current exposures to earthquake hazards in the area.

It is especially for non-scientists, such as business leaders, elected officials, media, finance and equity professionals, risk managers, portfolio managers, lenders, and business continuity planners. The field trip will be led by geoscientists, engineers, and emergency planners who are active in current research and practice.

The field-trip route will include earthquake-related sites in northeast Arkansas, southeast Missouri, and western Tennessee. There will also be discussion of several industries that have concentrated exposure to earthquake risk in the central US.

Much of the value of past Earthquake Insight Field Trips was from the candid, one-on-one discussions between earthquake professionals and field-trip participants, who have mostly been from private-sector leadership.

For more information about the 2012 Earthquake Insight Field Trip, visit

To register, contact Phyllis Steckel at or (636) 239-4013. The group is strictly limited to 30 participants.

Registration cost for the field trip is $95.

This year, the Earthquake Insight Field Trip is a shoulder event to the 2012 National Earthquake Conference (NEC) and the 2012 annual meeting of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). However, field-trip participants are not required to attend either of these events.

The final report of the first Earthquake Insight Field Trip, which was in 2005, is posted at The route and content of each Earthquake Insight Field Trip since then has been unique.

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