A one-day first response drill is being conducted out of Lake Barkley Lodge State Park on Oct. 17, 2006. The exercise will simulate a major earthquake in Western Kentucky. Exercise participants include nine county Emergency Operations Center's. Also taking part are: the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, Kentucky Emergency Management Area Two, the Pennyrile Area Development District and the State Fire Commission.
In the exercise, planners modeled the effects of an 8.0 magnitude earthquake impacting the infrastructure, properties and lives of those residents living in Emergency Management Area Two of Western Kentucky. The exercise will focus on a coordinated response involving more than 200 individuals from multiple agencies, jurisdictions and the various resources available to assist in responding to the simulated event.
The counties involved are: Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Todd and Trigg, as well as six hospitals and four regional health departments.
Kentucky Earthquake History
Kentucky is affected by earthquakes from several seismic zones in and around the state. The most important one is the New Madrid Seismic Zone. At least three great earthquakes have occurred on the New Madrid zone and each was estimated to have been greater than magnitude 8.0 on the Richter scale. The earthquakes occurred from December 1811 to February 1812. Though the state was sparsely settled, these great earthquakes caused tremendous damage. There were reports of log cabins being flattened, cattle being knocked down in the fields and creeks and rivers running backwards.