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Earthquake Risk: Spotlight on the Changing Risk in Oklahoma

What a Difference a Year Makes

Maiclaire Bolton    |    Natural Hazard Risk

Number of Earthquakes M3.0 or Higher Per Year in OK

For nearly the past decade, the growing number of earthquakes in Oklahoma has gained widespread attention. As described in the CoreLogic Insights Blog Earthquake Risk: Spotlight on Oklahoma, it has been...

Earthquake Risk: Spotlight on Probabilistic Loss Modeling

Loss Estimation Requires More than Hazard Science

Maiclaire Bolton    |    Natural Hazard Risk

Catastrophic risk models and analytics are commonly used by the insurance, reinsurance, financial and mortgage industries to help understand and quantify risk exposed to natural catastrophes including earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires and hail storms. The first step in developing a view of risk is understanding the landscape of the hazard. For earthquakes, the preferred view of hazard...

Earthquake Risk: Spotlight on Canada

What Is ‘The Big One’?

Maiclaire Bolton    |    Natural Hazard Risk

Map of Earthquakes with Magnitude >3 or Near Canada

When assessing earthquake risk in Canada, many commonly refer to ‘The Big One’ that will eventually strike British Columbia (B.C.). But what exactly is ‘The Big One’? Understanding the various earthquakes that can occur, the unique hazards they pose, and the probability, all help to define ‘The Big One’. But it’s not just...

Earthquake Risk: Spotlight on the Pacific Northwest

The Triple Threat of the Cascadia Subduction Zone

Maiclaire Bolton    |    Natural Hazard Risk

3 types of earthquakes associated

It was a cold, dark, wintery night in 1700 when the ground shook violently for several minutes during one of the largest earthquakes the world has ever experienced. This massive magnitude 9.0 earthquake ruptured the full length of the Cascadia subduction zone – a 1,000-kilometer (600-mile) long off-shore fault paralleling the west coast of North America, extending from mid-Vancouver...

Earthquake Risk: Spotlight on New Zealand

The Shaky Isles

Maiclaire Bolton    |    Natural Hazard Risk

Tectonic Setting of NZ

Over the past five years, one of the countries to lead headline news with earthquake events has been New Zealand. Most recently, on November 14, 2016 (local time in New Zealand, November 13, GMT) a large megathrust earthquake struck off the east coast of the South Island along the southern end of the Hikurangi subduction zone, just north of the city of Christchurch. According to New...