Great shakes: SIUC unveils first interactive quake kiosk
An interactive kiosk unveiled recently at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) is unique in the Midwest. It offers earthquake safety, tips on preventing earthquake damage to houses and businesses, and information about earthquake hazards in Illinois.
The kiosk was created by a team of experts that included Harvey Henson, an assistant professor at SIUC, through a collaborative effort by SIUC and the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC). The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Motorola Solutions Foundation provided funding.
“The earthquake information kiosk has been an exciting project to direct,” Henson said. “This collaboration, to produce the first-ever earthquake information kiosk for the Midwest, will undoubtedly educate people regarding the earthquake threat and hopefully save lives and mitigate potential damage if a large earthquake were to occur.”
The kiosk sits at the Southern Illinois Science Center at Carbondale's University Mall. The opening presentation included a discussion on earthquake safety from SIU, IEMA and CUSEC experts.
“We are all very grateful to CUSEC and IEMA for making this project possible, a huge success, and for selecting Carbondale and the science center as the host,” Henson said.