Earthquake Risk in the U.S.? It’s Not Just in California - Page 2
Here are the remaining top quake states:
As of March 11, more than 580 U.S. quakes had been recorded in 2011, according to USGS. The majority of those rattlers measured 2.0 to 3.9 in magnitude. In 2010, more than 8,700 U.S. quakes were detected by the USGS National Earthquake Information Center. That was the highest one-year total for U.S. quakes dating back to at least 1990.
From 1990 through 2010, the deadliest year for U.S. quakes was 1994. That year, more than 60 people were killed during Southern California’s 6.7-magnitude Northridge quake. That disaster injured more than 5,000 people and caused roughly $25 billion worth of damage, according to FEMA.
Two of the worst quake disasters in U.S. history occurred east of the Rockies – one in Charleston, S.C., in 1886 and a series of three shocks centered near New Madrid, Mo., in 1811-12, according to FEMA.