In case you’re curious about earthquakes in the USA, I’ve captured several maps showing where they have been shaking during the past year till the date of this post.
There are well known regions of the United States which are susceptible to earthquakes and hopefully the people living there have established some sort of preparedness plan for ‘just in case’.
-San Andreas in California running up and down the state
-Cascadia subduction zone in the pacific northwest just offshore
It is interesting to discover lesser known regions which have been active too. Look at all the earthquakes that have swarmed in the Yellowstone region. Also all those in Oklahoma. The New Madrid zone is also active as well as a region in eastern Tennessee. Another swarm has been northwest of Helena, Montana.
Images captured with the IRIS Earthquake Browser
2016-9-20 through 2017-9-20
Earthquakes are one of those events that will just happen without warning. You might know that a particular region is overdue for an earthquake and you might know the potential magnitude when it rips, but you just don’t know exactly when…
I know that the San Andreas is way overdue for ‘the big one’. The Hayward fault in the SF Bay Area of California is overdue for a magnitude 7+ which will affect millions. The Cascadia subduction zone is way overdue for a potential magnitude 9 which will likely also cause a devastating tsunami up there in the Pacific Northwest. The New Madrid zone might be a sleeping giant. Yellowstone is always a scary thought.
Preparedness isn’t much different for this than other risks. That said, there are some particular precautions unique to earthquakes…
-busted gas lines
-furniture & objects hitting you
-keep shoes by the bed!
-collapsing roads, bridges, infrastructure
The magnitude will obviously affect the outcome and aftermath. Prepare accordingly.
Any earthquake stories to tell out there?