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Impact to national infrastructure compounds problem logistically getting supplies and relief to survivors will be exceptionally challenging.

  The Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) has done some preliminary HAZUS modeling runs of potential impacts of an earthquake in the NMSZ, and the estimated total building loss in the area from one quake today would exceed $70 Billion. 

  A comprehensive damage assessment for site specific catastrophic scenarios will be done during this project.  Currently, only parts of this assessment exists. National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC) has estimated that a 10-day disruption in power infrastructure (fallen power lines) would cost $50B in economic impact 2/3 of which would be felt outside of this region.

  NMSZ has history of multiple large quakes in a series California does not (smaller aftershocks). This will require sending responders into a highly risky area and potentially losing responders to subsequent quakes. Recovery efforts could be dramatically affected as well.

Extreme weather conditions could affect population movements when you consider the impact of Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall weather conditions.  The Midwest does not have a uniform temperate climate like California or Florida.

Significant impact on Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources