ASU to Host Earthquake Preparedness Seminar

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A one-day program designed to raise awareness of the hazard level of the New Madrid seismic zone is the main focus of the Earthquake Awareness and Preparedness conference to be hosted on October 21 by Arkansas State University's College of Engineering.

The conference, which will be held in the Student Union auditorium, is directed to governmental employees at the state, county and city levels, policy and decision makers, professional engineers and concerned citizens.

A pre-registration fee of $25 is required prior to Wednesday, Oct. 1.  ASU students may attend for $10.  Registration after Oct. 1 is $35 for anyone who isn't a government employee.  Government employees on the city, county, state and federal levels should pre-register to attend free of charge.  Registration fees include admission to all sessions, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments.  On-site registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m.

A line-up of experts in the field of seismic studies will participate in the program including Gary Patterson, the information services director of the University of Memphis Center for Earthquake Research and Information.

Conference participants will address topics including "The New Madrid Seismic Zone Revisited," "Geological Hazards and the New Madrid Seismic Zone," "Archeology and Earthquakes in Northern Arkansas" and others.