Indiana, Illinois and six other states are participating in an earthquake readiness exercise this week. The Central United States Earthquake Consortium's (CUSEC) “CAPSTONE-14” began Monday and continues through tomorrow (Friday). It simulates earthquakes along both the New Madrid fault line and in the Wabash Valley seismic zone to assess areas like regional communication, transportation and post-disaster housing issues. Officials say the exercise took three years to coordinate. For Indiana’s part, the Emergency Operations Center was being activated, facilitating coordination with other state agencies to address simulated issues. The other states participating are Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. In addition to Indiana Department of Homeland Ssecurity, other agencies involved are: American Red Cross, Board of Animal Health, Family and Social Services, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Indiana National Guard, Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Indiana Public Safety Commission, Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana Volunteers Active in Disaster, Salvation Army and United Way. CUSEC is a multi-state partnership focused on response, recovery, public education, mitigation and research associated with earthquake preparedness among its member states.