News Release 033

Earthquake Awareness Month celebrated at Onondaga Cave State Park Feb. 20

Volume 38-033 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751- 6510

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JAN. 29, 2010 -- "The Earth Moves Under Our Feet," an event in recognition of Earthquake Awareness Month, will be held at Onondaga Cave State Park near Leasburg on Saturday, Feb. 20. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the event will take place in the park's visitor center starting at 10:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

The site's visitor center will feature displays relating to earthquakes for visitors to explore. The New Madrid Seismic Zone is the nearest significant earthquake threat in the area of the park. At 10:30 a.m., David Gaunt, a geohazards geologist from the Department of Natural Resources' Division of Geology and Land Survey, will present a program on earthquake basics, history, recent quake activity, earthquake preparedness, and the effects earthquakes have had, and will have, on the land and human population. This program will include an introduction to the State Emergency Management Agency programs related to earthquakes. After the program, the video "Hidden Fury: The New Madrid Seismic Zone," will be shown. There will be time for questions and answers.

For additional information about earthquakes in Missouri and about other activities open to the public during Earthquake Awareness Month, visit the department's Division of Geology and Land Survey's Web page at

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 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