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National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP): Issues in Brief [December 21, 2021]   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Summary: "The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) aims to understand earthquake hazards and reduce earthquake risks in the United States. Portions of all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, are vulnerable to earthquake hazards and their associated risks, to varying degrees. Each region's risk is shaped by the frequency and scale of the hazard as well as by the population, infrastructure, and economic activity vulnerable to the hazard. Alaska is the most earthquake-prone state; it has experienced a magnitude 7.0 earthquake almost every year and a magnitude 8.0 earthquake every 13 years, on average, since 1900. Alaskan earthquakes can trigger damaging tsunamis, which can be particularly threatening for Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii. California has the greatest earthquake risk, because the state has frequent earthquakes that affect a dense built environment and a large population. The 1994 magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, and San Bernardino counties is the third-costliest disaster in the United States."

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CRS Report for Congress, R43141
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2021-12-21
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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