Nearly half of Americans exposed to potentially damaging earthquakes
More than 143 million Americans living in the 48 contiguous states are exposed to potentially damaging ground shaking from earthquakes. When the people living in the earthquake-prone areas of Alaska, Hawaii and U.S. territories are added, this number rises to nearly half of all Americans. Scientists with the USGS published this research online in the journal
. "The new exposure estimate is nearly double the previous 2006 estimate of 75 million Americans in 39 states, and is attributed to both population growth and advances in science," said William Leith, USGS senior science advisor for earthquake and geologic hazards.
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