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Earthquake Insight Field Trip Planned for May 28, 2009

04/01/2009 —

The next Earthquake Insight Field Trip will take place Thursday, May 28, 2009. This semi-annual outreach event, hosted by the US Geological Survey, will start and end in St. Louis, Mo. It is especially for non-scientists, such as finance and equity professionals, risk managers, portfolio managers, lenders, business leaders, elected officials, media, business continuity planners, and others in similar responsible positions.

Field trip participants will learn about the earthquake history of the central US and current exposures to earthquake hazards in this area. The field-trip route includes the St. Louis metro area, Maryland Heights, St. Charles, and East Alton, Ill. Stops will be made at sites that show geologic evidence of past large earthquakes as well as cost-effective engineering solutions which minimize earthquake risk to certain structures. The group will also see and discuss damage from the April 18, 2008, Mt. Carmel, Ill. earthquake.

The field trip will be led by geoscientists, engineers, and emergency planners who are active in current research and private state-of-the-practice.

Much of the value of the five past Earthquake Insight Field Trips was from the candid, one-on-one discussions among earthquake professionals and field-trip participants, who have mostly been from private-sector leadership.

There are about 200 alumni of past Earthquake Insight Field Trips. Participants have represented State Farm Companies, Pfizer, FM Global, the Missouri State Senate, Odyssey Re, Dillard’s, Wal-Mart, Chubb, AON, AG Edwards, ABC/Disney, General Re, Time-Warner, Edward Jones, The Republic Group, Shelter Insurance, St. Paul/Travelers, Enbridge, Swiss Re, and many others.

Earthquake Insight Field Trips alternately originate in St. Louis, Mo., and Memphis, Tenn. The route, faculty, and content of each event are unique.

The final report of the first Earthquake Insight Field Trip, which was in June 2005, is posted online.

For more information or to register, please contact Phyllis Steckel at or 636-239-4013. Due to logistical constraints, the group is strictly limited to 35 participants. Registration cost for the field trip is $65.

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