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DOE New Madrid Seismic Zone Electric Utility Workshop Summary Report - August 2010

The DOE New Madrid Seismic Zone Electric Utilities Workshop, held in Memphis, TN, in July 2010 for the electric utilities in the seismic zone was a chance to bring together a diverse set of industry partners to discuss the potential effects of an earthquake in the New Madrid and Wabash Valley seismic zones.

This paper provides a brief summary of the potential impacts that a devastating earthquake within the New Madrid Seismic Zone would have on the Nation’s critical energy infrastructure. It concludes by addressing the potential major issues that should be considered in order to improve response and restoration efforts following an event of this magnitude.