Geologists Talk Earthquakes in Missouri

Sep 10, 2015

Credit United States Geological Survey

Earthquakes may seem like a distant problem to citizens of southwest Missouri. However, historical records do show evidence of strong seismic activity in Missouri’s past.

The New Madrid Seismic Zone encompasses Missouri’s Bootheel and was the center of strong earthquakes in the early 1800s. It is still active and must be considered when planning and building.

Doctors Doug Gouzie and Kevin Mickus, from the Missouri State University Department of Geography, Geology and Planning visit with STEM Spots Host David Cornelison and discuss both past activity and implications for the future.