About every 200 years, dating back to 980 A.D., it happens — a powerful earthquake strikes along the New Madrid fault. The last major quakes in that region, the bootheel of southeast Missouri, happened in 1811 and 1812. A decade before Missouri became a state... When Nashville's population was only a few hundred and St. Louis' was between 1,200 and 1,400 people...
Quakes of a similar magnitude striking today — slightly more than 200 years later — could cause devastation to these major population centers and send an estimated 300,000 evacuees west to Jackson County seeking shelter.
Jackson County Emergency Preparedness participated in a multi-state disaster drill Wednesday simulating the response to a modern New Madrid quake. All told, eight states took part in the "Show-Me Mass Care Exercise" — Missouri, Kansas Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas — to help people prepare for a potential quake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone.
"Jackson County is proud to be participating in this important exercise," said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. "We know that in a real emergency, we would be relied upon for our resources and expertise.”