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Earthquake Risk Zones - Seismic Hazard World Map

In this article you will find what zones of the globe are more exposed to the risk of seismic hazard. Below, is a map of the world in which you can see the earthquake risk zones (light green - low, dark green - moderate, orange - high, red - very high) for each continent, in the following map you will also find the boundaries of the tectonic plates (most earthquakes occur in narrow belts of this boundaries).

Earthquake Risk Zones World Map

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United States of America - Earthquake Risk Zones

Alaska and all the states on the west coast have a moderate to very high risk of earthquakes, also some parts of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah. Some other states with moderate to very high risk of earthquakes, are: South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas and parts of Missouri, Kentucky and Illinois. If you hate earthquakes and you want to live in a state with low to very low risk of earthquakes, then the following states are for you: North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Kansas, Texas, Louisiana and Florida. The rest of the states have at least partially, if not on the entire surface of the state, a low to moderate risk of earthquakes.

South America - Earthquake Risk Zones

The west side of South America, along the border with the Pacific, is the most active earthquake zone on the continent. The most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the world is the 1960 Valdivia earthquake also know as Great Chilean earthquake, studies have placed the earthquake at 9.5 on the moment magnitude scale. The following countries of South America have a moderate to very high risk of earthquakes: Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. There are some countries in South America with low to very low risk of earthquakes, such as: Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil and Uruguay.

Asia - Earthquake Risk Zones

In Asia, due to, the boundaries of multiple tectonic plates, a large number of countries are exposed to the risk of seismic hazard. Japan has recorded more earthquakes than any other place on earth. The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami (Sumatra–Andaman earthquake) had over 220,000 fatalities and was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history, studies have placed the earthquake at 9.2 on the moment magnitude scale. The following countries of Asia have a moderate to very high risk of earthquakes: Georgia, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Nepal, China, Mongolia, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, Japan and some parts of Russia. There are some countries in Asia with low to very low risk of earthquakes: Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, south of India and some parts of Russia (west and center).

Europe - Earthquake Risk Zones

In Europe, the main earthquake risk zone, is the southeast side of the continent, all countries between Italy and Turkey are exposed to the risk of seismic hazard. The Northern Europe is mostly free of major earthquake risk zones.

Africa and Australia - Earthquake Risk Zones

Africa has less seismic hazard than any other continent, the earthquake risk zones are from low to moderate. The most notable earthquake risk zones in Africa, are: Tanzania, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea and the north of Algeria.

In Australia, there are earthquakes, but the risk is from low to moderate, the same cannot be said about the neighboring smaller island, New Zealand, one of the most active earthquake zones in the world.

The Ring of Fire

The Ring of Fire is a major area in the Pacific Ocean where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur, over 80% of the world's earthquakes occur along this area, also in this area can be found approx. 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes. The earthquakes and volcanic eruptions along the Ring of Fire are a direct result of the movement and collisions of Pacific Plate with other tectonic plates. What countries are affected by the Ring of Fire? The following countries are located along the Ring of Fire: New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, Russia, United States, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.

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