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Earthquake danger zone map

An earthquake zone is a region in which seismic activity is more frequent. These zones are also referred to as seismic zones and seismic hazard zones.

Since It is impossible to predict earthquakes with precision, you can be forgiven for being nervous in wondering where the next earthquake will hit.

It has been seen that major earthquakes occur with alarming regularity. Most high-activity earthquake danger zones are situated along the fault zones. Fault zones that are prone to seismic activity are regions of the Earth's crust. The occurrence of fault zones usually takes place in those areas where tectonic plates meet. Fault zones are also located around volcanoes.

North American and Caribbean tectonic plates are famous seismic zones. The San Andreas Fault zone is located in California. The Hayward fault in the San Francisco Bay area is referred to as a tectonic time bomb by U.S. Geological Survey Scientists.

Padang, the capital of West Sumatra province of Indonesia’s, is located on some of the world’s most dangerous fault zones. Islamabad, capital of the Asian country of Pakistan, is located on major fault lines. The meeting of the Iranian and Arabian micro-plates makes it highly prone to dangerous seismic activity.

The Alpine-Himalayan belt is an active seismic zone, where almost the whole of ran is located. This makes the country susceptible to violent tremors.

Japan is located on the convergence of many oceanic and continental plates. The Great Kanto earthquake in 1923, measured 8.2 magnitude on Richter scale devastated the densely populated cities of Tokyo and Yokohama, resulting in the death of 130,000 people.

Located on the convergence of three of the earth’s tectonic plates, Mexico is also prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. In 1985 an earthquake on a massive scale hit Mexico resulting in 9,500 fatalities..

The Cascadia Subduction Zone is a dangerous zone which can cause havoc Vancouver Portland and Seattle.

The Xianshuihe, Min Jiang and Kunlun fault lines in China can produce disaster. Italy in Europe is vulnerable to earthquake. To its south of Italy is located the convergence of the Eurasian and African tectonic plates. Located in Missouri, the New Madrid Seismic Zone is also an active seismic area in the US.

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