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General Information Product 138

Modified Mercalli Intensity for Scenario Earthquakes in Evansville, Indiana

By Chris Cramer, Jennifer Haase, and Oliver Boyd

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Evansville, Indiana, has experienced minor damage from earthquakes several times in the past 200 years. Because of this history and the fact that Evansville is close to the Wabash Valley and New Madrid seismic zones, there is concern about the hazards from earthquakes. Earthquakes currently cannot be predicted, but scientists can estimate how strongly the ground is likely to shake as a result of an earthquake. Earthquake-hazard maps provide one way of conveying such estimates of strong ground shaking and will help the region prepare for future earthquakes and reduce earthquake-caused losses.

First posted February 6, 2012

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Cramer, Chris, Haase, Jennifer, and Boyd, Oliver, 2012, Modified Mercalli Intensity for scenario earthquakes in Evansville, Indiana: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 138.

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