Earthquake Insight Field Trip Planned for November 2011

The next Earthquake Insight Field Trip will be held on November 2-4, 2011. This annual outreach event, hosted by the US Geological Survey, will start and end in St. Louis, Mo. Field trip participants will learn about the earthquake history of the central US and current exposures to earthquake hazards in this area. 

Earthquake Insight Field Trip

It is especially for non-scientists, such as emergency planners, business leaders, elected officials, media, finance and equity professionals, risk managers, portfolio managers, lenders, and business continuity planners. The field trip will be led by geoscientists, engineers, and emergency planners who are active in current research and practice. 

Earthquake Insight Field Trip

The field-trip route will include earthquake-related sites in Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. Stops will be made that show field evidence of the region’s geologic history; at a few historic structures damaged in the 1811-12 New Madrid earthquakes; and at structures damaged in the 2008 Mt. Carmel, Ill., earthquake. 

Earthquake Insight Field Trip

The group will also see engineered solutions that minimize earthquake risk to certain structures as well as current earthquake research in progress. There will also be discussion of several industries that have concentrated exposure to earthquake risk in the central US.

Much of the value of past Earthquake Insight Field Trips was from the candid, one-on-one discussions between earthquake professionals and field-trip participants, who have mostly been from private-sector leadership.

Past participants have represented State Farm Companies, Pfizer, FM Global, the Missouri State Senate, Wal-Mart, Chubb, AON, AG Edwards, ABC/Disney, General Reinsurance, Time-Warner, Dillard’s, Odyssey Re, The Republic Group, ANPAC, Shelter Insurance, Edward Jones, St. Paul/Travelers, Enbridge, Swiss Re, and many others. 

For more information or to register, please contact Phyllis Steckel at or 636-239-4013 as soon as possible. Due to logistical constraints, the group is strictly limited to 30 participants. Registration cost for the field trip is $550. 

The final report of the first Earthquake Insight Field Trip, which was in 2005, is posted at The route and content of each Earthquake Insight Field Trip since then has been unique.

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