What are the odds that a major earthquake will hit the United States in the next 100 years?
That is a fairly high risk for the US.
But that’s not all.
In an article published today, New Scientist explores the impact of a potential earthquake on our lives in a few different ways, and how we might prepare for and avoid it.
A few of the questions raised are: What are we going to do with the buildings?
How are we prepared?
How long before an earthquake strikes are we likely to live in?
And what will be the effects of a major quake on our economy?
The answers to those questions, and others, will have an impact on how we live in the future, which will help us to shape our future, New Science writes.
“We’re already living in a world where an earthquake is a really big deal, but what is our next earthquake?
Are we going out to dinner in our new home or do we go back to our old one?” asks New Scientist’s Michael Eaves.
“It’s not just about living in the moment and trying to deal with the shock.
It’s about the impact on the people, the people around you, and the environment around you.”
The article includes this chart showing the number of US states that have recorded earthquakes of magnitude 5.1 or greater, and also a map of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) predictions for where earthquake risks will be highest for each of the next 10 years.
“In the past, we were lucky in that we didn’t have earthquakes of that magnitude,” says New Scientist contributor and earthquake expert Dr Richard Thorne.
“The risk was in the tens of thousands, but now it’s approaching that number in the hundreds of thousands.
The question is how much does that mean in the long term?”
New Scientist spoke to a range of experts and researchers about the future impacts of a big earthquake.
How to avoid a major US earthquake This infographic shows how to prepare for a major New York City earthquake and how to respond if it occurs: How to prepare New Yorkers for a possible earthquake: the experts The US Geological Survey (USGS) predicts that the risk of a massive earthquake occurring in the US is low.
However, a strong earthquake can be triggered by a number of factors, such as an earthquake-triggered landslide or a large fault rupture.
The USGS also warns that the probability of a large earthquake is very low in most parts of the US, with only two in the country’s 20 largest metropolitan areas and five in the nation’s 10 smallest.
The United States Geological Survey has also released a comprehensive report on the potential risks of a possible major earthquake in the United Kingdom.
What to do in the event of a catastrophic event: experts The following resources will help you prepare for an earthquake: Resources and information about earthquakes from the USGS The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released a map showing earthquake-related hazards in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, including the Pacific Ring of Fire and the Pacific Seaboard.
You can also check NOAA’s Earthquakes in the Future webpage, which offers a summary of the latest scientific research and analysis on the hazards of earthquakes.
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