A Hazards Caucus Alliance Briefing
The New Madrid Fault Zone: Geology, Engineering and Emergency Management to Reduce Earthquake Risks
Friday, June 29, 2007
The New Madrid fault zone is an area of active earthquakes
that lies beneath five states - Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky,
Tennessee and Arkansas. A series of very large magnitude earthquakes
occurred on the fault zone in 1811 and 1812. The events changed the
course of the Mississippi River, destroyed lakes, created new lakes,
destroyed large areas of forests and "swallowed" houses
in New Madrid, Missouri, one of the few populated areas during that
Moderator: Jack Hayes, Director of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Amr Elnashai, Director of the Mid-America Earthquake Center, and Professor
of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
David Maxwell, Director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management
Dr. Jack Hayes is the Director of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). Previously, Hayes worked for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center's (ERDC) Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) in Champaign, IL. Hayes collaborated extensively with the earthquake engineering program at NSF and has been directly involved with a number of significant earthquake mitigation projects for FEMA. Hayes is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida and Virginia. He has earned three degrees in Civil Engineering including a B.S. from the Virginia Military Institute, an M.E. from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Art Frankel is the Coordinator for Earthquake Effects Research for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earthquake Hazards Program and a seismologist with the Geologic Hazards Team of the USGS in Golden, CO. He was project chief for the National Seismic Hazard Mapping project of the USGS from 1993-2003 and led the development of the national seismic hazard maps released in 1996 and 2002. He received his PhD. in seismology from Columbia University in 1982. He was a Bantrell postdoctoral fellow at Caltech from 1982-1984 and worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1984-1985. He started at the USGS in 1985.
Dr. Amr Elnashai serves as Director of the Mid-American Earthquake
(MAE) Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where
he has worked since 2001. Before then, Elnashai was Professor of Earthquake
Engineering and Head of the Engineering Seismology and Earthquake Engineering
Section at Imperial College, University of London. He serves as Director
of the George E. Brown Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation
(NEES) laboratory at Illinois. Elnashai earned a B.S. in civil engineering
from Cairo University, followed by an M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Imperial
Mr. David Maxwell was appointed as Director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and State Homeland Security Advisor on June 30, 2006. He served as ADEM's Deputy Director from March 2002 until this appointment. In 1978, he began his career in emergency management working in temporary housing for the state after major flooding in Little Rock, Arkansas, and was promoted to Planning Specialist in 1980. Later he advanced to ADEM's Plans and Operations Division ManagerDavid Maxwell served as the designated State Coordinating Officer for seven federally declared disasters and one federally declared emergency. Mr. Maxwell has been awarded the Governor's Service to the Citizens Award, and has been chairman of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Operations Subcommittee. David Maxwell earned a Bachelor's Degree from Arkansas Tech University and a Master's Degree in Sociology from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
The Alliance invites your participation in the briefing and in future Caucus events. For more information, contact Linda Rowan at 703-379-2480 ext. 228; email@example.com.
Contributed Linda Rowan, AGI Government Affairs Staff and Sargon de Jesus, AGI/AIPG 2007 Summer Intern.
Posted: June 20, 2007
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