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November 5, 2011:  Magnitude 5.6 Quake near Oklahoma City around 11 p.m. CST. Numerous aftershocks are occuring.

At 7:30 a.m. Central Standard Time November 6 the USGS area map - centered on Oklahoma and Arkansas was displaying 26 earthquakes, with those in Arkansas having occurred last week and those in Oklahoma having occurred within the last 24 hours. See the list of quakes at: .

Details from the USGS:

From Rick Atterberry, also went out on EDEN Facebook August 23:  Today’s earthquakes in Colorado and Virginia serve as a reminder that quakes can strike anywhere in the United States.  Do you know the immediate steps to take if you feel a tremor?  Check out the potentially lifesaving information at 

Communications - Regarding Japan Quake of March 11

May 16, 2011 - EDEN is participating in National Level Exercise 2011, May 16-20. EDEN web and eXtension disaster page managers, our USDA-NIFA liaison, and delegates in eight states are involved. This is an EXERCISE. Vist National Level Exercise 2011 on for more info.

JAPAN Quake: March 11, 2011: A magnitude 8.9 earthquake that occured off the east coast of Japan - together with the tsunami it send on shore and across the Pacific - has caused severe damage locally and moderate damage in Hawaii. The tsunami had less than predicted intensity and impact on the west coast of North America. Visit the EDEN Tsunami page. for additional information.

March 17 - FEMA released a new document entitled:

The Japan Earthquake & Tsunami and What they Mean for the U.S
(PDF - click do read or download)
Written by Michael Mahoney, March 17, 2011, Geophysicist, FEMA, National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP) Coordinating Committee Member, FEMA, National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP)

March 17 - President addresses American concerns for radiation being emitted by damaged nuclear power plants in Japan. Read the President's Remarks

Also, see these related EDEN pages:  Tsunami and Nuclear Release 

In a conference call March 11, FEMA clarified its role in responding to the quake and tsunami, indicating that the lead Federal ageny for areas outside the US is USAID. The principle messages from that call are reflected in the following, which is copied from FEMA blog post (Update 3).

"...If you would like to help the survivors, or families of the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, please visit for information on how to donate.

"The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) remains the lead Federal agency when it comes to responding to international disasters, and we stand ready to assist if called upon. Within the U.S., we're working closely with other members of the emergency management team to support State and local response operations from the tsunami if needed."


PRIOR EVENTS with potential for impacting U.S. interests

Two deadly earthquakes struck the western hemisphere in 2010. Both occurred outside the United States, but one was predicted to have sent a powerful tsunami throughout the Pacific Basin.

CHILE - February 27: Magnitude 8.8 Earthquake strikes at 3:34 AM local time  (06:34:14 UTC)

The Chilean earthquake, unlike the weaker earthquake in Haiti (below), was expected to have direct impacts in U.S. interests in the Pacific basin. EDEN distributed news of the quake and pacific basin tsunami warnings through its listserve at 6:00 AM CST the morning of the quake. USDA/NIFA requested reports of tsunami damage and mitigation activity later that day. EDEN's Tsunami page was updated to include the event and to support the NIFA request for information.

The U.S State Department has set up a phone number (1-888-407-4747) and an e-mail address ( for Americans to use if they are looking for infomation about relatives and friends. The phone line is expected to receive a high number of calls; you may hear a recording.  Visit the State Department page for the Earthquake in Chile.

Unless and until a fraud alert for Chile is issued, please refer to the FBI fraud alert for Haiti . Some 40 hours post-disaster, FEMA was directing web traffic to the State Department page for this earthquake.  The State Department was directing "donations" traffic to "The Global Disaster Relief on Facebook page".

The US Geological Survey provides extensive data and summaries at its Chile Earthquake site.


HAITI - January 12:  Magnitude 7 Earthquake strikes at 4:52 PM local time (21:53:10 UTC )

EDEN provided information to delegates through an e-mail message that was also captured in this January 15th News and Features item:

The January 12 earthquake in Haiti devastated that nation and has many people wondering what they can do to help. In the years since Katrina, the process for managing donations has become more efficient, effective, and secure.

The following links will help people take advantage of these advances:

Those seeking information on colleagues, friends, and loved ones missing in Haiti will find help at for important information for the public from the United States Department of State.

The US Geological Survey provides extensive data and summaries at its Haiti Earthquake site.

Last Updated:11/6/2011 7:36 AM

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