Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Midwest Earthquake

PostedMay 4, 2008

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Randy Atkins:  Three of the strongest earthquakes in U.S history shook much of the east from a fault line in the middle of the country.  Bill Marcuson, a geotechnical engineer, warns the next one could cause massive loss of life and damage cutting off east-west supply lines.

Bill Marcuson:  It is less seismically active than the west coast, but it is a seismically active area, and we ought to acknowledge that, we ought to plan for it, we ought to design for it.

Randy Atkins:  Marcuson says we should urgently engineer earthquake-resistant infrastructures in the midcontinent, but worries that politicians will say…

Bill Marcuson:  The probably is large it won't happen on my watch, and so no, I don't want to spend money on it, but sooner or later it's going to happen on somebody's watch.

Randy Atkins:  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103.5 FM, WTOP Radio.