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Earthquake Facts

The great Alaska earthquake of March 27, 1964, is the largest recorded earthquake in the history of the United States. With a magnitude of 9.2, it left 115 casualties (most of the deaths were due to the tsunami it generated).Shaking was felt for an estimated seven minutes, and raised or lowered the ground surface as much as 6.5 feet in some areas, and 56 feet in others.

The 1994 Northridge earthquake caused $44 Billion in damage.

California is one of the most active earthquake areas in the world, it has earned its reputation as "Earthquake Country."

14,000 people were left homeless after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake

It takes up to hundreds of years to build enough stress to produce a large earthquake.

38 states in the U.S. have an earthquake risk.

The U.S. Geological Survey (www.usgs.gov) is the leading federal agency responsible for researching, monitoring and forecasting geological hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides.

 

"California is one of the most active earthquake areas in the world, it has earned its reputation as 'Earthquake Country.' "

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