Severe Weather and Earthquake Risks in Missouri
Different regions of Missouri have significant risk for earthquakes, tornadoes and floods.
Missouri, along with six other states, has significant risk of loss due to the New Madrid Seismic Zone and the Wabash Fault. In 1811 and 1812, a severe earthquake occurred near New Madrid, in Missouri's bootheel.
- Read the United States Geological Survey account of the 1811-12 earthquakes.
- Missouri Earthquake Insurance Task Force
Missouri, along with Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, is prone to occasional tornadoes which can cause extensive damage in a small area.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has tips on building a storm shelter in your house.
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has tornado facts available.
Missouri, along with many other states in the Mississippi Valley and along the Missouri River and its tributaries, can suffer periodic extensive flooding.