Beebe Releases $300K for Earthquake Monitors

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe is providing $300,000 to buy new monitors to detect earthquake activity throughout Arkansas.

Beebe announced yesterday that he was providing the money from his portion of the General Improvement fund.

The money will be used to buy six broadband seismic monitors to improve measurements between existing stations in the New Madrid Seismic Zone in northeast Arkansas and near those in Oklahoma.

The earthquake data collected by the new monitors will be shared with researchers and the public on a regular basis. The Geological Survey will also post updated maps of recent seismic activity online.

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