143 Million Americans Are Now Living in Earthquake Zones, Scientists Say

April 23, 2015 9:22 AM

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143 Million Americans Are Now Living in Earthquake Zones, Scientists Say

Some 143 million Americans in the Lower 48 states are at risk of experiencing an earthquake — with 28 million being in danger of “strong shaking,” scientists claimed on Wednesday.

In a press release, researchers attributed the record numbers to both population migration, with ever more people moving to earthquake hot-zones on the West Coast, and a “change in hazard assessments.”

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