The Current Earthquake Risk In Massachusetts
Japan is once again the victim of another earthquake. It was a 7.6 magnitude quake resulting in 161 people dead.
Climate change is a polarizing topic and people can get hyperemotional about it here in Massachusetts. Natural disasters are ostensibly getting worse and more frequent in the U.S. or is that just because we are hyperaware of them?
Massachusetts is not known for its regular occurrence of natural disasters. We infrequently have hurricanes, tornadoes, major blizzards, wildfires, floods, droughts, forget volcanoes, but what about earthquakes?
Has Boston Ever Had An Earthquake? Are There Fault Lines In Massachusetts?
There were damaging earthquakes near New York, NY (magnitude 5.0 in 1884), Boston, MA (magnitude 5.6 in 1727 and magnitude 6.2 in 1755), Buffalo, NY (magnitude 5.6 in 1929), and Hartford, CT (magnitude 5.0 in 1791). -nesec.org
There are fault lines throughout Massachusetts, but most of them are most likely inactive due to the number of earthquakes in the last 300 years.
Massachusetts Vs. California
Earthquakes happen much more frequently in California than in the northeastern US, with the rate of earthquakes being about 100 times greater in California. Whereas a strongly damaging earthquake occurs in California on average once every 2-3 years, such an event occurs in the northeastern U.S. on average once every 200-300 years.
That was obviously a long time ago, but what about the next 30 years? What's the earthquake forecast looking like in Massachusetts?
The Risk of an earthquake in Massachusetts
The risk of an earthquake in Massachusetts is fortunately still super low. Experts say that there is a 2% chance of potentially-damaging earthquake shaking in Massachusetts in the next 50 years.
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