Disasters and Emergencies
Although earthquakes in Iowa are extremely rare, the threat exists nontheless. All Iowans should learn the basics when it comes to preparing for and protecting themselves from an earthquake.
Earthquakes themselves rarely cause death or injury. Most casualties occur when buildings collapse or by falling objects and debris. For these reasons, it is important to know where you should seek shelter when the ground begins to shake.
For more information on earthquake safety, visit the FEMA website.
- Learn about/participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut.
- Learn about the New Madrid Seismic Zone.
- Visit the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium website.
For information about earthquakes in Iowa, visit the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website.
Know what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.
Iowa disaster history
How many Earthquakes have
happened in Iowa?
Information: Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources, from the September/October 2011 issue of Iowa Outdoors magazine
Iowa doesn’t have any major fault lines, but we have had at least 13 earthquakes with epicenters within our borders. The largest Iowa earthquake shook Davenport in 1934, and Iowans felt the most recent quake southwest of Shenandoah in 2004. Iowa was one of only four states that did not have an earthquake between 1975 and 1995. Earthquakes aren’t common here in Iowa, but they do happen.