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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...

Earthquake Risk: Spotlight on Oklahoma

Induced Seismicity: Emerging Risk?

Maiclaire Bolton    |    Natural Hazard Risk

Number of Earthquakes M3.0 or Higher in 2016

California is typically the first place that comes to mind when one thinks of earthquake activity in the U.S. In recent years, however, the central U.S. – especially Oklahoma, northern Texas and southern Kansas – has been getting more and more attention because of the rapid increase in earthquake activity. In fact, Oklahoma went from being a region of relatively low seismic...

Earthquake Risk: Spotlight on California

New Science is Transforming the Way Earthquake Risk is Managed

Maiclaire Bolton    |    Natural Hazard Risk

Framework of UCERF3

Recent changes in earthquake hazard science in California are transforming the way we think about managing earthquake risk. The Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast (UCERF) is a multi-year project by a consortia of leading scientists known as the Working Group on California Earthquake Probabilities (WGCEP) that offers a consensus-based view of earthquake hazard across...

Earthquake Safety

Drop, Cover and Hold On in the Great ShakeOut

Maiclaire Bolton    |    Natural Hazard Risk

The Great ShakeOut

On October 20, 2016, millions of people around the world will Drop, Cover and Hold On as part of the Great ShakeOut1, the largest earthquake drill in history. Several million earthquakes occur globally each year, but most are very small or happen in remote locations.2 Small-to-moderate and large-magnitude earthquakes may be felt in regions close to the...

Earthquake Risk: Spotlight on Italy

August 2016 Earthquake Strikes the Region Historically Prone to Earthquake Disasters

Maiclaire Bolton    |    Natural Hazard Risk

Italy Earthquake

Italy is a vibrant country with a rich history of architecture, art, culture and culinary traditions. It is also a very seismically active region with an extensive history of damaging earthquakes. Destructive earthquakes regularly occur across the country, resulting in significant economic loss and human casualties. Since 1900, earthquake disasters in Italy have caused more than...