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Fact Sheet 2007–3073

UNDERSTANDING EARTHQUAKE HAZARDS IN URBAN AREAS

St. Louis Area Earthquake Hazards Mapping Project

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St. Louis has experienced minor earthquake damage at least 12 times in the past 200 years. Because of this history and its proximity to known active earthquake zones, the St. Louis Area Earthquake Hazards Mapping Project will produce digital maps that show variability of earthquake hazards in the St. Louis area. The maps will be available free via the internet. They can be customized by the user to show specific areas of interest, such as neighborhoods or transportation routes. Earthquakes currently (2010) cannot be predicted, but scientists can estimate how strongly the ground is likely to shake as the result of an earthquake. Earthquake hazard maps provide one way of conveying such estimates. The U.S. Geological Survey, which produces earthquake hazard maps for the Nation, is working with local partners to develop detailed maps for urban areas vulnerable to strong ground shaking.

Revised January 25, 2010

First posted October 2007

For additional information contact:

U.S. Geological Survey
National Earthquake Information Center
Box 25046, MS-966
Denver Federal Center
Denver, CO 80225-0046

http://geohazards.cr.usgs.gov/

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Suggested citation:

Williams, R.A., 2010, St. Louis earthquake hazards mapping project: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2007-3073, revised January 2010, 2 p.


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