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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: New USGS Maps Debut at Preparedness Event
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
10/9/2007  10:45:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Stephanie Hanna, USGS, (206) 220-4573
Laurel Nelson, Seattle Emergency Management, (206) 615-0288
Nancy Carpenter, State Farm, (253) 912-7257
Debbie Goetz  684-0517


New USGS Maps Debut at Preparedness Event

Seattle’s Earthquake Risk Highlighted

SEATTLE -The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in partnership with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management and State Farm®, are hosting "Earthquake-Safe Home," a preparedness expo, to highlight the risks Puget Sound homeowners face should an earthquake occur.

USGS seismologists will unveil a new suite of maps of earthquake hazard for Seattle and a new map of the Seattle fault zone. The maps will be on display for news media.

A joint news briefing takes place on Saturday, Oct 13, at 9:30 a.m. at Lowe’s Home Improvement, located at 12525 Aurora Avenue North.

The new earthquake hazard maps are the result of “the most comprehensive and sophisticated set of ground-shaking models available in the country,” according to Craig Weaver, Chief Scientist of USGS’ Pacific Northwest Earthquake Hazard Program. The maps will allow planners to better design and retrofit structures, transportation corridors and other lifelines to meet the expected ground shaking for a Seattle Fault earthquake.

State Farm has contributed $50,000 to the "Earthquake-Safe Home" preparedness program, to emphasize the importance of home-retrofit and the efforts homeowners can take to strengthen their home.

Seismologists from the USGS, the University of Washington and Emergency Management professionals will be on hand through 2 p.m. to answer questions. Residents can also pick up earthquake safety and preparedness information.

For more information on the Earthquake-Safe Home program, go to: www.3days3ways.org.

For more information on the new Seattle USGS maps:
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/pacnw/hazmap/seattle/index.php.

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