It has been quite a while since I have posted an article on earthquakes and in the last couple of days; several people have mentioned the subject to me. So I thought now was a good time to post on this subject. Now I know that earthquakes are much more common in some areas than others. For instance, Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area have small ones on almost a daily basis and eventually will have the big one.
What about the rest of the country? If you look at the 20 largest earthquakes on record in the United States, you will see that they have occurred in Alaska, Hawaii, California and Missouri. However smaller ones have occurred in almost every state.
United States has had the following earthquakes in the last 24 hours, 12/18/2013
- 34 earthquakes today
- 243 earthquakes in the past 7 days
- 1,001 earthquakes in the past month
- 8,000 earthquakes in the past year
The largest earthquake in United States in the last 24 hours 12/18/2013:
- today: 3.1 in Kalispell, Montana, United States
- this week: 4.1 in Eureka, California, United States
- this month: 5.5 in Eureka, California, United States
- this year: 5.7 in Susanville, California, United States
While earthquakes are the most concentrated in the west, they can occur anywhere with devastating effects. Here are links to a few of the prior posts that I have written on this subject. Guidelines to Help You in an Earthquake. Shutting off the utilities in an Earthquake or other Emergency.
One thing I really want to stress is protecting your food supplies, practically glass jars from earthquakes. I occasionally watch Doomsday Preppers, although I am not a fan of the show. On several occasions I have seen them show the food storage of people who were preparing for earthquakes. What amazed me was all the glass jars sitting on shelves with no protection. I could just see a pile of broken glass after a relatively mild earthquake. See the following article on the subject. Glass Jars and Earthquakes
I have been in a reasonably large earthquake and unless you have been in one you cannot comprehend the power. They are very scary. Just remember, most earthquake-related injuries are caused by collapsing walls, falling objects, and flying glass, as a result of the ground movement, or people trying to move more than a few feet during the shaking. Much of the damage in earthquakes is predictable and preventable. A common injury is cut feet from attempting to run on broken glass.
Regardless of where you live, don’t disregard the possibility of an earthquake, they can happen anywhere.