Around the globe, where significant utility infrastructure is located in or near major fault zones, earthquakes risk causing substantial physical disruption, with associated long-duration power outages. For example, according to the US Dept. of Energy, a recurrence of 1812, 7.7 (Richter scale) earthquake on the New Madrid fault today, would damage or destroy many hundreds of electric substations, high voltage transformers and transmission lines, generators, and other grid components, not only disrupting power in the New Madrid region but far beyond. Such outages could affect 100-150 million people across the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest United States.
This represents a particularly complex threat to the US and to the entire world’s economic and societal well-being. While significant resilience work has begun, headed by the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC)1, the success of CUSEC’s efforts will depend on broad availability of tools and capabilities essential for multi-corporate communication, situational awareness, and emergency power continuity2.
1 CUSEC is a partnership of the federal government and the seven states most affected by an earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone. Those states are Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.
2 For more information on such tools and capabilities, click here
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