For many years, the forces of plate tectonics have shaped the earth, as the huge plates that form the earth’s surface slowly move over, under and past each other. Sometimes, the movement is gradual. At other times, the plates are locked together, unable to release accumulated energy. When the accumulated energy grows strong enough, the plates break free. If the earthquake occurs in a populated area, it may cause many deaths and injuries and extensive property damage.
While earthquakes are sometimes believed to be a West Coast occurrence, there are actually 45 states and territories throughout the United States that are at moderate to high risk for earthquakes including the New Madrid fault line in Central U.S.
Know what to do before, during and after an earthquake. FEMA earthquake information here.
Use these links for more information about earthquakes and how you can implement earthquake preparedness in your emergency plans.
Find additional information on how to plan and prepare for an earthquake and learn about available resources by visiting the following websites: