"In the winter of 1811-12, the central Mississippi Valley was struck by three of the most powerful earthquakes in U.S. history. Even today, this region has more earthquakes than any other part of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains."
The potential for the recurrence of large devastating earthquakes, such as the 1811-1812 series of events, and the effects on heavily populated cities within and adjacent to the New Madrid Seismic Zone has sparked a great deal of ongoing research concerning mitigation and hazard reduction of possible future earthquakes. If an event equal in magnitude to the largest 1811-1812 quake occurred today, it is estimated that the loss of life would be great and property damage would be in the billions of dollars. Many scientists believe we are overdue for a large (>6.0) earthquake, and that through research, public awareness, and emergency preparedness may be able to substantially decrease these estimated losses. Based upon historically and instrumentally recorded earthquakes, some scientists suggest the probability for a magnitude 6.0 or greater earthquake is 25-40% in the next 50 years and a 7-10% probability for a magnitude 7.5-8.0 within the next 50 years
The following are things you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your property in the event of an earthquake:
Minimize your movements during an earthquake to a few steps to a nearby safe place. Stay indoors until the shaking has stopped and you are sure exiting is safe.
In a moving vehicle
Trapped under debris