HazMAE Seismic Hazard Assessment and EQ Early Warning Development (draft)

This project is managed by Chris Cramer, University of Memphis

This project is  a multi-year program to develop seismic and liquefaction hazard maps with the effects of local geology for westernmost Tennessee, and Madison County (Jackson area). Data will be collected on the shallow geology, geophysics, and geotechnical (soil) conditions as a key element in improving regional hazard maps that include the response of local geology to make more realistic estimates of seismic hazard and to assist with improving resiliency and mitigation efforts for earthquake hazards in western Tennessee, and indirectly flood hazards (via improved levee and port facility resilience to earthquake shaking and damage) along the Mississippi River and its tributaries.  Products will include ground shaking and liquefaction hazard maps similar to the ones recently completed for Shelby County (in 2015).  These hazard maps will contribute to better community resiliency through better estimates of earthquake hazards needed for land use planning, emergency planning and response, business contingency planning, existing structure retrofitting, and informing strategies for new construction.

In addition,  1 year of earthquake early warning (EEW) parameter research for the central US that is needed to implement EEW for river levee, lifeline, and community resilience will be conducted .  EEW will help emergency response efforts and earthquake emergency management by informing agencies of the level and extent of earthquake shaking and potential damage, enabling the focusing of resources to high need regions, and providing information for coordinating earthquake response efforts in a timely fashion.  Besides earthquake resiliency, EEW can assist with flood resiliency via identifying levee and port facility potential vulnerability from actual earthquake shaking.




Seismic Hazard  and Liquefaction Maps by County

Hazard map Lake County