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OFFICIALS UNVEIL SEISMIC ACTIVITY MAP (STA BREAKING NEWS and ARCHIVES)

by Theresa, Monday, April 05, 2004, 05:17

Officials Unveil Seismic Activity Map

Apr 2, 3:17 PM (ET)

AP

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Researchers have created a map showing the locations of 804 earthquakes in the region since the late 17th century, many of them in the New Madrid fault zone.

The map, a joint project between the U.S. Geological Survey and the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, was unveiled Thursday. It is accompanied by narratives and scientific information on a poster that's nearly 5 feet wide.

"We feel like we're so far behind here in educating the public," said Robert Latham, chairman of CUSEC and executive director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

Although previous maps have plotted earthquakes in the region, the latest one is the most far-reaching in terms of geography and history, officials said.

The quakes occurred between 1699 and 2002 in a region stretching from Iowa to Alabama. The temblors were at least 3.0 in magnitude - strong enough to have been felt at the surface.

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