FEBRUARY 3, 2006 - Posted at 11:05 a.m. CST
JONESBORO, AR - A group of "distinguished panel members" will be in Jonesboro on February 16 for what's being billed as a "Craighead County Earthquake Town Meeting." The meeting will focus on a discussion of the New Madrid Seismic Zone, as well as emergency planning efforts and earthquake preparedness. There will be a 45-minute presentation, followed by a 45-minute question & answer session. The forum is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. at St. Bernard's Auditorium in downtown Jonesboro.
Although there is still considerable uncertainty surrounding the earthquake potential of the New Madrid Seismic Zone, northeast Arkansas, southeast Missouri and west Tennessee continue to experience earthquakes. Since January, more than 180 quakes have been recorded throughout the region.
The February 16 meeting is co-sponsored by the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction program, in conjunction with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, the city of Jonesboro, the Craighead County Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Center for Earthquake Research & Information, and the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium.