Earthquake Fast Facts

September 25, 2017

As a residence in the Western United States, especially in California, it is extremely important that you are vigilant and prepared for future earthquakes. The Hayward Fault, that stretches between Hayward and Milpitas poses the highest risks of an earthquake. If you are a resident in the San Francisco Bay Area you should really consider purchasing earthquake insurance and consider taking safety measures to prepare your home for future earthquakes.

Keep in mind that 90% of Americans live in areas that are considered to be seismically active, and that there  is a 70% chance that a  very damaging earthquake of a magnitude 6.7 or larger will strike the Bay Area in the next 20 years.

In fact, many professionals including UC Berkeley seismologist, Dr. Peggy Hellweg, predict an earthquake of at least 7.1 in magnitude to occur in the near future. In comparison to the Loma Prieta earthquake in Mexico City, which was a 6.9, the energy from a 7.1 will be six times as strong. The future quake is expected to collapse many buildings, water pipers and sewers and cause a lot of infrastructure damage.

How much do you really know about earthquakes? Did you know that California experiences the most frequent damaging earthquakes? Check out these facts you need to know about earthquakes!

  • Smaller earthquakes, or aftershocks, frequently follow the main shock.
  • Earthquakes can trigger landslides, avalanches, flash floods, fires, and even tsunamis.
  • Earthquakes occur most frequently west of the Rocky Mountains.
  • California experiences the most frequent damaging earthquakes.
  • Several thousand shocks of varying sizes occur annually in the United States and 70 to 75 damaging earthquakes occur throughout the world each year.
  • All 50 states and all U.S. territories are vulnerable to earthquakes. Where earthquakes have occurred in the past, they will happen again.
  • Most earthquake injuries result from collapsing buildings and walls, falling objects, and broken/flying glass.
  • A major earthquake in a highly populated area of the United States is estimated to cause $200 billion in losses.
  • Only 17% of California’s homeowners have earthquake insurance

If you have questions at any time regarding earthquake insurance coverage, costs and safety tips or advice, please do not hesitate to call or email us!

Contributor: Smruthi Sriram
Sources: Newsweek, Mercury News, FEMA
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