Earthquakes in Kansas While rare, these natural disasters have the potential to rock the state

Earthquake-proofing a dam

Kansas is better known for tornadoes than earthquakes, but that doesn’t mean they don’t happen here. In fact the federal government is willing to bet millions that one will.

Bracing for the big one

As shown by the tremors that hit the Midwest just weeks ago, earthquakes in the U.S. aren't just restricted to the West Coast. Their potential to strike in this region has the federal government undertaking a massive construction project to protect one of the state's major dams.

An engineering feat

It's a project unlike any other in the world. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is stabilizing the ground beneath Tuttle Creek dam to brace it for a 6.6 earthquake. Take a look at the work that is going on.

Earthquakes in Kansas a real threat

At the base of Tuttle Creek Reservoir, a 20-ton clamshell excavator removes giant buckets of earth, making way for huge concrete walls. The amount of cement in those walls could pave a sidewalk between Tuttle Creek just outside Manhattan, Kan., and Washington, D.C.

Comments

bondmen 7 years ago

I'm surprised the dam there didn't break when K-State beat KU in basketball on January 30!

Bobo Fleming 7 years ago

I have earthquake insurance on my house in Eudora, Cost 40.00 per year with a 2% deductible. My wife thinks Im crazy to have it. I guess its because she never lived in California.

kujayhawk 7 years ago

"to protect the downstream town of Manhattan from the catastrophe of a failure"Insert joke here.

riverdrifter 7 years ago

kujayhawk:"Insert joke here." Somebody beat me to it...

acoupstick 7 years ago

"a rare string of solar and lunar eclipses falling on Jewish holy days that will occur in 2014-2015 will herald the Second Coming"Or the First Coming for Jews.

riverdrifter 7 years ago

Marion:Good observation. Old, old pic, the lake is currently a little above conservation pool & discharging a fair amount of water.

Godot 7 years ago

Not sure, but I think the last recorded earthquake in Kansas was January 2008. Notice any new cracks in your walls and foundation?

Charles L Bloss Jr 7 years ago

I have it too, have had it for years. Now I need flood insurance, just to be safe. Thank you, Lynn

lounger 7 years ago

Respect mother nature. NEVER take her for granted...

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