Link to USGS home page

The Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, Seismic Hazard Maps

By Chris H. Cramer, Joan S. Gomberg, Eugene S. Schweig, Brian A. Waldron, and Kathleen Tucker

Open-File Report 2004–1294

Version 1.0
Published 2004
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, is located where damaging earthquakes are only moderately likely, but the consequences of earthquakes, mainly from the New Madrid seismic zone, can be very high. This densely populated urban area is built on a 1-kilometer-thick sequence of sediments deposited in a trough known as the Mississippi embayment. This thick pile of sediments significantly affects earthquake ground motions. We, the authors, have generated a suite of seismic hazard maps for a six-quadrangle area in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, that accounts for these effects. These maps and their derivative products represent the collaborative efforts of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and its partners.

The text of this report is presented here in Portable Document Format. The latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader or similar software is required to view it. If you wish to download the latest version of Acrobat Reader free of charge, click here .
For viewing and printing.
(This version of the report is accessible as defined in Section 508.) logo  Take Pride in America button