New earthquake map reveals risks rising for much of the U.S.

July 2014 CALIFORNIA – The U.S. Geological Survey released a new earthquake hazard map July 17, revealing increased seismic risks for many regions. Updated for the first time since 2008, the new map incorporates research from the surprising 2011 earthquake in Virginia. With a 5.8 magnitude, it was one of the largest earthquakes to hit the East Coast and helped scientists gauge the possibility of larger events in that area. As a result, the new map concludes that the Eastern U.S. has a higher potential for bigger earthquakes than previously estimated. While all states have some potential risk for an earthquake, scientists also concluded that 42 states have a reasonable chance of experiencing an earthquake in the next 50 years, which it notes is generally considered the typical lifetime of a building. The map also showed that 16 states are at high risk and have a relatively high likelihood of experiencing damaging ground shaking within the next 50 years. As in the past, the West remains the most at-risk region for earthquakes. The 16 states with the highest risk include Alaska, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, according to the report. With a spike in earthquakes in Oklahoma and other regions of the central United States, researchers are examining whether industrial activities, such as wastewater disposal, are to blame. But no conclusive links have been found.
“Injection-induced earthquakes are challenging to incorporate into hazard models because they may not behave like natural earthquakes and their rates change based on man-made activities,” the USGS said. The government uses the updated report and maps to look at the potential ground shaking levels and does risk analysis based on things like how populated an area is and building construction practices, then considers that information when setting building codes. Local governments also use the information in setting emergency preparedness plans. In terms of some good news, the new findings slightly lowered the risk of earthquakes in the California locales of Irvine, Santa Barbara and Oakland, as well as in New York City. But if you want to skip earthquakes altogether, head over to North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Florida. These states are almost entirely in the “lowest hazard” category of the map. –Tech Times
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6 Responses to New earthquake map reveals risks rising for much of the U.S.

  1. Irene C says:

    Ohio is in the blue, but the shock waves from New Madrid would still affect us. Amazing how so many people aren’t aware of the ever-shifting ground below their feet.


  2. Dennis E. says:

    You and I need to really take this seriously.

    Alvin has posted articles regarding movement under the North American Plate.
    Even where I live, there was an 2.0 earthquake in my county last year. Unheard of. And according to the map my area is not even marked.

    Even though it might not happen in your area or mine, it is the effect, the shaking,vibration that travels through the ground. When the 4.8 occurred in Virginia a couple of years ago, our office building in Eastern North Carolina felt it. Enough to shake computer monitors and personal water bottles . You have to consider also if that was stronger, the effect on structures?

    Listen, do not play…… prepared…….The country is on the verge of imploding……..I am not preaching fear, just stating fact…….. many are looking at the situation with our government/country
    and forgetting earth change events that are upon us.

    just my opinion


    • LAURA,SCOTT/ says:

      Dennis i would have to agree , the earth is gooing through a growth spurt,. People are like zombies they dont look to see whats happening around, they dont look at the sky their to bussy on their mobile phones. I come from country area and not interested in all the gadgets- find it unbelievable when i go to the city.


    • Leo says:

      Always wise to be ready.


  3. stevenj says:

    No place is totally “safe”… Prepare now, as time is quickly running out. All it will take is one very large event, which will be the trigger for what will follow – The magnitude of these follow-on events will be much, much more disastrous than anyone can imagine. The so-called “experts” are totally clueless, and even if they suspect otherwise, they will blindly follow the orders of the idiots above them to downplay what many probably already suspect…that we are quickly moving towards a cataclysmic series of events that threatens our survival on this planet


  4. L.Edwards says:

    As long as there’s land beneath us, whether under the oceans or on the surface, earthquakes can happen.

    We humans are so arrogantly naive! We think the Earth stops functioning because we’re here.


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