Quake Risk Growing in Eastern US
East Coast may be due for a big one soon, USGS report says
By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2014 3:54 PM CDT
This undated handout image provided by the US Geological Survey (USGS) shows an updated federal earthquake risk map.   (AP Photo/USGS)

(Newser) – Earthquake Avoidance 101: Just stay away from California, right? Not so fast. An updated US Geological Survey report and accompanying hazard map confirm that the West still holds the worst potential for seismic shake-ups, with major faults and hazards creeping up the entire West Coast, reports the AP. But the USGS data ups the risk factor for quakes in the eastern and central US, citing the "potential for larger and more damaging earthquakes than considered in previous maps and assessments," according to USA Today. Included in this data was research into 2011’s magnitude-5.8 quake in Virginia and the catastrophic 2011 quake-tsunami combo off the coast of Japan, says AP.

Still, "high-risk" states like Alaska, California, Nevada, Utah, Missouri, and Arkansas have only "a 2% chance of experiencing very intense shaking over a 50-year lifespan," says the USGS project chief. Quake-queasy folks seriously determined to hide from the next tremor may want to consider moving to Florida, Wisconsin, North Dakota, or Minnesota—the four states that fell in the "lowest hazard" category. The maps—which help assess risk for insurance companies and building-code purposes—didn’t figure possible fracking-related earthquakes into the mix, which may explain why Oklahoma didn’t break the top 10, notes the BBC.

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Infidel123
Jul 19, 2014 6:31 AM CDT
This message brought to you by the same people who scare you about Global Cooling , Global Warming, Meteors, Volcano Eruptions, Tornadoes etc. Someday they will actually get it right
No-Left-Turn
Jul 18, 2014 8:28 PM CDT
Cool, I live in two of the lowest risk states. Now, I have only to worry about tornadoes, hurricanes, sinkholes, and tsunamis.
julianpenrod
Jul 18, 2014 5:18 PM CDT
Notice the title of the article and the content of the article. The article is entitled, “Quake Risk Growing In Eastern U.S.”, while the article itself says that the earthquake risk in the East and Midwest have “potential for larger and more damaging earthquakes than considered in previous maps and assessments”. One says that the threat is greater than believed, even though thorough methods were used, the other says that, in the past, the threat indeed was low, but is now increasing and something is changing the nature of the earth under our feet. The fact is, it's been apparent that God's anger is growing, especially with the U.S. Whole episodes of meteorite falls around 2005. Strange diseases that no one ever heard of suddenly emerging from the nothingness. Conditions like autism becoming so common. Massive die offs of animals from birds to sea life. Unprecedented solar flares. A supervolcano forming beneath Yellowstone National Park, among other areas, an unprecedented massive earthquake in Washington, DC only a short while ago, the announcement of a fault rivalling the San Andreas stretching beneath the Eastern Seaboard. Ignoring the malignance this nation has permitted to run rampant, which many have even facilitated or engaged in, will likely cause even more catastrophe.