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An Earthquake in Valdosta?

by Emily Rogers on August 25, 2011 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

How likely is it that Valdosta would experience an earthquake?  Not very, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

Seismic Design Category (SDC) map of the Eastern United States

The Valdosta area is in white (SDC level A) on this map, which means we have “very small probability of experiencing damaging earth­quake effects.” FEMA provides this list of resources about earthquakes, including what to do after an earthquake.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) oversees federal research on earthquakes and offers maps of current earthquake activity and further information on this week’s earthquake in Virginia.

Valdosta is much more likely to experience the effects of a hurricane. Visit the current Hurricane exhibit from Odum Library’s Government Documents collection, located in the library’s second floor Reference area.  More online resources about hurricanes and other disasters are available in this previous blog entry.


Alan Bernstein says:

Well, the Charleston SC earthquake of August 31, 1886 was certainly felt in Valdosta. You never know!

Em says:

We’ll assume that you are not speaking from personal experience….

EzraSF says:

Washington DC is in the white, low risk, area and yet monuments were damaged from the shaking received in that area from the Mineral, VA quake. Many fault lines are unknown due to not being very active.

The southern Colorado 5.3M quake earlier this week looks right in the middle of the yellow moderate zone from the FEMA map.

Em says:

Good observations. We’re not always aware of the activity that occurs, even when we’re in low risk areas.

Anyone who does feel an earthquake can report it to the USGS’ “Did You Feel It?” site at http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/

Danis Lee says:

I never got this experience with eathquakes, cause we live on quite terra-calm place.
But my family was born in quite dangerous place Alma-Ata city in KZ, and my mother and cousin (via skype) told me many time about earhquakes.

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