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Seismic Hazard Map for the United States

What this map layer shows:

Areas of seismic hazard, and indicates the range of peak horizontal ground acceleration values for each area.
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Earthquakes can affect the normal activities of people through ground shaking, surface rupture, and tectonic deformation. Secondary effects include landslides, liquefaction, tsunamis, seiches, and fires. The ground shaking potential at the earth's surface is known as seismic hazard. This map represents a model showing the probability that ground motion will exceed a certain level within a given period of time. The data show peak horizontal ground acceleration (the fastest measured change in speed, for a particle at ground level that is moving horizontally because of an earthquake) with a 10 percent probability of exceedance in 50 years. This map was compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Geologic Hazards Science Center, which conducts global investigations of earthquake, geomagnetic, and landslide hazards. These scientists study the physical and mechanical properties of the Earth's crust and structure to aid in understanding earthquakes, and they work to educate the public and the scientific community to lessen the human impact of future earthquakes.

The Seismic Hazard Map for the United States shows areas of seismic hazard and indicates a range of expected peak horizontal ground acceleration value for each area. Further information on earthquakes is available from the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program page, and information on earthquake terms is available from the Earthquake Image Glossary. Additional map images can be found on the National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project page.


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