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Donโ€™t let shaky ground catch you off guard.

An earthquake is a sudden, rapid shaking of the earth caused by the breakage and shifting of rock beneath the earthโ€™s surface.ย 

Earthquakes can cause secondary disasters, such as fires, landslides, avalanches, tsunamis, or dam failures, among other hazardous conditions.

Northwest Mississippi is located within the New Madrid Seismic Zone, part of a six-state area where earthquakes can happen.

For earthquake mitigation, itโ€™s important to have a safe room in your home that your family can go to, and enough food and water for an emergency situation.

Check out MEMA’s Earthquake Mitigation Page for more info.


Earthquake Facts

These earthquake facts will shake you to the core. It’s not your fault if earthquakes make you a little shaky.

Earthquake Science

…And the disaster that created it.

What causes earthquakes?

Take a look at the movement of the earth’s tectonic plates and how the release of extreme pressure built up at the plates’ boundaries results in an earthquake.

Why do buildings fall in earthquakes?

Vicki V. May explains the physics of why it is not the sturdiest buildings, but the smartest, that will remain standing.

Don’t do this in an earthquake

Nine things NOT to do in an earthquake.

Purr-fect Senses

These felines seem to sense an earthquake coming.