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The Big Shake How The 1811 New Madrid Earthquakes Rocked The Ohio River Valley - Cincinnati

December 10, 2011 - Cincinnati

The Betts House - Map It!
416 Clark Street
Cincinnati, OH 45203

Midwestern residents are accustomed to natural disasters: rivers flood, tornadoes touch down, and severe winter weather strikes. But, what about earthquakes? The tri-state region is in proximity to several active faults, particularly the location of the greatest known seismic hazard east of the Rockies, the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ). From December of 1811 through April of 1812, the greatest series of earthquakes in United States history took place in the NMSZ centered in Missouri. Although the earthquakes impacted much of the Midwest, including Cincinnati, most people living in the region today have no knowledge of this event or its impact on our region.

With recent catastrophic earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and Japan, awareness of seismic hazards is at an all time high. As the 200th anniversary of the New Madrid earthquakes approaches, the 207-year old Betts House, a survivor of that historic event, will offer the public an opportunity discover the seismic history of our region and explore the ways earthquakes affect buildings.

Saturday hours are from 12:30pm to 5pm.

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Event Contact: The Betts House

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The Big Shake How The 1811 New Madrid Earthquakes Rocked The Ohio River Valley