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Risk of earthquake increased for about half of US


WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth of the nation.

The U.S. Geological Survey updated Thursday its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011 Virginia temblor.

Most of the changes are slight. Project chief Mark Petersen said parts of Washington, Oregon, Utah, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming and Tennessee moved into the top two hazard zones.

Parts of 16 states have the highest risk for earthquakes: Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois, Kentucky and South Carolina.

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raptureus210 July 18 2014 at 4:41 PM

This information should be a big surprise to true followers of Jesus. He led Matthew to write about this over 2000 years ago in the Book of Matthews chapter 24. Interrepted,.. there will be equakes in different place where they were never meant to be. They will increase like Birth Pains. While you still have the Bible in your hands and the dust has been cleared off, turn to Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 if you want to know what happens to Gog (today's Russia) and Magog (today's Iran). Read what they try to do to Israel and what God does to the Gog and Magog and the other 5 nations that try to destroy Israel. Go ahead.. read it, that is if you believe God's Holy Word. If you don't, turn to the Book of John, chapter 3 verse 16 and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Both Books has something concerning your future. Accepting Jesus the better choice my friend. Those who accept Jesus won't be here to see the Gog/Magog War that is now forming.

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onalaska July 18 2014 at 4:01 PM

Hmmm, just yesterday I read an article about how fracking was drastically increasing the odds of earthquakes. Particularly in Texas and North Dakota. I don't see that on this map????

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SUE July 18 2014 at 4:32 PM

they are all the most fracked states, if you stop the fracking the earthquakes and mystery holes will subside.

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charlie July 18 2014 at 5:24 PM

So lets keep drilling and fracking until we split the earth in half!!! vote democrat and get different resources for our energy!!

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jcox1234 July 18 2014 at 4:37 PM

I live in the seattle area and I just repainted and had a new roof put on my house. Maybe I should have waited until after my house was turned to rubble before I started the repairs.

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coopdabomb July 18 2014 at 5:11 PM

First the sky was falling, now the earth is opening up. I'm just going to build a ark and wait for the rain.

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ganderrrr coopdabomb July 18 2014 at 6:34 PM

We need rain in California.

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savannahswithgod coopdabomb July 19 2014 at 9:38 AM

Well the earth will open up first and crush your ark and then in your disgust and tears the clouds will open up on you. Keep your Bible handy, to dry your head off with. A lot of pages there, value at last!

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coopdabomb savannahswithgod July 19 2014 at 10:10 AM

Another smart ass who will ask God for forgiveness and cry like a baby just before death.

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fred July 18 2014 at 4:14 PM

Whatever the Pantsuit Pinocchio, Gore, Holder, Lerner, Susan Rice, the Pied Piper, Slick Willie, and Kartrashian say about this is as good as gold. Believe every word, and don't question.

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Danielle Borderlain July 18 2014 at 3:52 PM

Looks like the New Madrid fault line is about to let loose.

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Mike July 18 2014 at 4:24 PM

All hate states...

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ExAZtential July 19 2014 at 8:16 AM

If a lage earthquake happens in the Bootheel area of Missouri, it's New Madrid's Fault.

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