Do You Live on a Fault Line?

Tuesday April 12, 2022

What is a Fault

Faults are large cracks in the Earth’s crust where tectonic plates move alongside each other. These faults can be found all throughout the Earth whether they’re under land, water, or both. When these plates rub together, they can create pressure under the surface and cause Earthquakes. These movements can happen without notice and can’t be predicted like other natural disasters. We have warnings for hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires but an earthquake can happen unexpectedly, in virtually any place.

Are you safe from earthquakes?

While some areas in the U.S. are more prone to higher magnitude earthquakes, this doesn’t mean that less active areas are completely safe from an earthquake. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimates that around 500,000 earthquakes occur around the world each year with many more going undetected. View the map below to see your regions risk of earthquakes: