(North Little Rock, AR) -- Nearly 300 Guardsmen and Airmen from 38 states are in Little Rock this week, learning about the potential for a major quake along the New Madrid seismic zone.
They're working to put together a unified response effort in the event an earthquake of 6.0 magnitude or greater strikes.
The quake of 1812 registered a 7.8 on the Richter scale, devastating an area from Arkansas to Kentucky.
"At the time the area was sparsely populated, but today you have St. Louis and you have Memphis within the potential area of destruction," points out National Guard Cpt. Chris Heathscott. "You also have 160-200 smaller communities who are going to be in just as much need."
Lessons learned from earthquakes in other countries and the emergency response to Hurricane Katrina are helping Guardsmen better plan for a large disaster.
(video report courtesy CBS Newspath)