An expert on earthquakes and particularly the New Madrid Fault zone spoke to a large crowd at this morning’s Pennyrile Citizens Corps Council Meeting.
Kentucky Geological Survey Technology Transfer Officer Mike Lynch has studied the trends and data regarding the fault line in southeast Missouri for over 20 years and said the consensus on just how great the risk for a major earthquake locally is has diminished over time.
He says the U.S. Geological Survey estimates the probability of a major quake at 7 to 10 percent over the next 50 years.
Lynch says that while emergency managers should prepare for all types of disasters, recent history indicates earthquakes may take a backseat to tornadoes, ice storms and floods in just how likely an event is to occur.
Citizens Corps Chairman Dan Nicholson said after the meeting that his agency has not changed its thoughts on earthquakes and that the partnering agencies will continue to prepare for one so they will be ready if the worst were to happen.
The council also handed out Governor’s Citations to Nicholson, Frank Brown, Raymond Gianinni, Kathy Hayes, William Thielen, Cecilia Cloos, Wanda Walczak, Donna Staples, Tom Beeker, J.D. Smith, Brian Diamond and Michael Frazier in appreciation of their contributions and hard work.