Image of the day: new USGS map shows country-wide earthquake risk

Source: USGS

The United States Geological Survey releases updated map that outlines the earthquake risk for all 50 states.

Just how at risk is your state for an earthquake? Well, if you live in California, you probably know that answer, but did you know that nearly every state in the U.S. has at least some risk of a future earthquake? Well, now you do, thanks to this map from the USGS (United States Geological Survey). In fact, that’s not all: 42 of the 50 states have at least a moderate risk of experiencing a damaging earthquake in the next 50 years. However, 16 of those states have a high risk of damage from earthquakes.

So how did the USGS come up with this data? They looked at historical information about earthquakes, combined with data about those tremors that happen every day that aren’t always felt.

This new data changes what we’ve previously believed: both the San Andreas and New Madrid fault zones now affect a wider area. Not only that, but the Eastern Coast is shown as more active than originally thought.

Source: USGS

Author: Robin Burks

Robin Burks is the author of Zeus, Inc. and The Curse of Hekate, as well as the owner of When she's not writing about geek culture, science or technology, she's usually watching Doctor Who or playing video games. She also occasionally speaks French, but not very well.

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  • Jonii Bryant

    Definitely time to move!