MISSOURI (KFVS) - In February, Missourians are reminded to know what to do in case of a major earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, centered in southeast Missouri.
Missouri is home to one of the most active seismic zones in the U.S., the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which was the location of one of the most powerful earthquakes ever to jolt the nation.
It happened Feb. 7, 1812, collapsing homes and buildings, altering the flow of the Mississippi River and reportedly ringing church bells hundreds of miles away.
The New Madrid quakes, there were two other very powerful earthquake in the region in 1811-12, are the reason Missouri observes Earthquake Awareness Month each February.
It's an opportunity to educate the public about the very real risk of another catastrophic earthquake occurring in the NMSZ. While no one can predict exactly when an earthquake will occur, scientists agree that large earthquakes in the zone still pose risk.
There's much more useful information and resources for families, schools and businesses on SEMA's Earthquake Preparedness Wed page. Included are facts sheets, interactive maps and informational videos that show what to do in the event of an earthquake.