Seismic Waves: The Mid-America Earthquake Center: Managing Seismic Risks from Source to Society [open pdf - 334KB]
Seismic Waves is a newsletter published by the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. "Seismic hazards present unusual challenges in the central United States. Major earthquakes in this area occur at time intervals longer than those in California, but impact much larger areas that are much less prepared. Despite facing similar risks from such earthquakes, midwesterners are generally less aware of them than are Californians since the smaller earthquakes that serve as reminders of seismic hazards are less frequent in the Midwest. These challenges prompted the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish the Mid-America Earthquake (MAE) Center in 1997, and to support the Center through its first decade in operation under grant award EEC-9701785. The Center is a consortium of nine core institutions headquartered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). The MAE Center has developed an approach called Consequence- based Risk Management (CRM), for managing the risks posed by earthquake hazards in the central and eastern United States. It has also led the development of a comprehensive new software system, MAEviz, that employs the CRM approach. The Center has conducted targeted research that has generated the fundamental knowledge and enabling technologies needed to develop CRM and MAEviz. And it has tested CRM and MAEviz in real-world applications both in the United States and overseas."
National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program: http://www.nehrp.gov/
Seismic Waves (September 2008)