If You Think You're Safe From Earthquakes, You May Be Wrong
It’s no surprise that Californians are in danger, but scientists have also flagged residents of Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Illinois, and South Carolina.
More than 143 million Americans live in an earthquake zone, a new analysis shows, though many of them may be surprised to learn that dangerous shaking is possible in the places where they live.
These people face at least some risk of a damaging earthquake by the year 2065, the U.S. Geological Survey reports—almost twice as many as the 75 million cited in a similar study in 2006.
If you focus only on those at highest risk, says seismologist Mark Petersen, of the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, a co-author of the new report, “we’ve identified that there are 28 million people living where you’d expect to see pretty strong ground shaking in next 50 years. That’s a pretty significant number.”