Tucson, AZ, August 01, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- California's July earthquake only hints at what's to come. Fear of an earthquake in your own backyard is not the least bit groundless, especially if you live on the West Coast, the East Coast or most anywhere in between.
The U.S. Geological Survey says “earthquakes are a national hazard”. Their experts state it clearly -- earthquakes pose “a serious threat” in 46 of the United States.
Federal experts in April this year predicted with 99% certainty that a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake will hit California within 30 years. They pegged the likelihood of an even more devastating “major” quake -- 7.5 or greater – within that time at 46%. California's July 29, 2008 quake was a mere 5.4.
The entire Western U.S. is known for its active earth-shifting tendency. University of Nevada seismologist John Anderson says that statistically, Western Nevada can expect a big earthquake every 25 to 30 years. The last was in 1954. (Uh-oh!) The next big one could be today, tomorrow, next month, next year or years in the future, he told the press.
Earthquakes are not limited to “earthquake country”, as the Western states are sometimes called. The early-morning April 18, 2008, quake that shook parts of Illinois proved that. As buildings shook from Kansas to Georgia from that relatively small 5.2 shocker, it proved another point – similar sized earthquakes are felt over greater distances in the East than those occurring in the West. A USGS spokesman adds, "Earthquakes in the central U.S. are infrequent, but not unexpected."
Here’s a list of some of this year’s earthquakes:
Virginia, May 6, 1.8
Alaska, May 2, 6.6
California, April 30, 5.4
Nevada, April 26, 4.7
Illinois, April 18, 5.2
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