The Center for Earthquake Research and Information is the successor of the Tennessee
Earthquake Information Center (TEIC) chartered in 1977 by the Tennessee Legislature
to conduct research on the causes and consequences of earthquakes and provide seismic
safety and mitigation information, reports, background information, and research on
earthquakes and their hazards for citizens and government units.
By 1984, TEIC was performing these functions with a staff of two geophysics faculty
members, eight technical and admin employees, and four graduate students, occupying
a residence building on Central Avenue, across from the main campus of Memphis State
University. Seismograph stations were then operated at 26 sites with support from
the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
The 1984 Center of Excellence (COE) mandate for expansion was to build the earthquake research program to
a level of international scope and reputation, to establish an earthquake engineering
capability, to establish a regional earthquake hazard and mitigation resource center,
and to establish a geophysics Ph.D. program in MSU's Department of Geological Sciences.
State and Local news releases during the time the Center was being established are
shown here on this page.