Earthquake Awareness Week celebrated at Onondaga Cave State Park Feb. 7

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Volume 37-016 For Immediate Release: Jan. 27, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JAN. 27, 2009 -- "The Earth Moves Under Our Feet," an event in recognition of Earthquake Awareness Week, will be held at Onondaga Cave State Park near Leasburg on Saturday, Feb. 7.  Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the event will take place in the park's visitor center between 10 a.m. and noon and is free and open to the public.

The site's visitor center will feature displays relating to earthquakes for visitors to explore.  Throughout the day, kids can try to cause a reaction on the portable earthquake recorder, which will be provided by St. Louis University. At 10:30 a.m., the video "Hidden Fury: The New Madrid Seismic Zone," will be shown.  The New Madrid Seismic Zone is the nearest significant earthquake threat in the area of the park.  At 11 a.m., a naturalist will present a program on the effects earthquakes have had on the land and human populations in the past, as well as earthquake preparedness.  The program will include an introduction to the park's seismic station, known as CCM (Cathedral Cave, Mo.).

Onondaga Cave State Park is located seven miles southeast of the Leasburg exit off of Interstate 44 on Highway H.  For more information about the event, contact the park at 573-245-6576 or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).  For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at