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I have done question 2 so no need to do over.Problem:For this project, you will use the United States Geological Survey (USGS) tools to help determine if you are in danger, based upon where you live. Visit the USGS interactive map: http://gldims.cr.usgs ...there is moreshow problemFor this project, you will use the United States Geological Survey (USGS) tools to help determine if you are in danger, based upon where you live. Visit the USGS interactive map: http://gldims.cr.usgs.gov/nshmp2008/viewer.htm This displays the regions of the United States that are most likely to experience a significant earthquake in the next fifty years. The scale moves from white (almost zero risk) to red (very high risk).

1. What patterns do you see in the distribution of earthquakes across the continental United States?
2. Locate your home on this map and make a note of the relative risk to you by indicating the color where you live. I reside in Bridgeport Connecticut and it seems that we are relatively safe from the hazards of this phenomena.
Based on the color scheme relative to my location on the map there seems to be no risk that my local will be affected by a earthquake within the time frame of 50 years.

The USGS also reports on earthquakes around the world. Visit this interactive map to find the latest global earthquake data from the past seven days: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/
3. What patterns do you see in the distribution of earthquakes around the world?
4. Click on one of the earthquakes on the map and make a note of its magnitude and region.
5. Would you be willing to live in one of the red areas on the map? Explain.
6. If you and your family were forced to relocate to a red area, how could you use the USGS resources on earthquake readiness (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learning/faq.php?categoryID=14) to help your family prepare themselves?
7. Examine the list of the most destructive earthquakes on record: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/world/most_destructive.php What are the two most recent earthquakes on this list? What does this list tell you about the power of science to control or predict earthquakes?
8. Even though science cannot predict or prevent earthquakes, what seismological tools do we have to sense the planet's rumblings? What events do you think might have encouraged the development of these tools?
9. How is this kind of geological energy different from biological energy (such as the calories creatures get when they consume food)? How are they the same?

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Hi there,

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1. The west coast of the US consists of the highest levels of risk by a wide margin, particularly in the south-west (on the pacific techtonic plate fault line). Central Eastern regions bear areas of moderate risk. Northern and South/south-easterly regions bear no significant risk.

2. Bridgeport Connecticut - very low probability of occurance here. This regions bears no significant risk to such an event over the next 50 years.

3. The majority of earthquakes occur on the left handside of the pacific plate (the fault line between the pacific/eurasian and pacific/australasian plates) the righ handside of this plate relates to the faultline where the majority of earthquakes in the US occur. The westernly coast of the south america also has an abundance of earthquakes on the righthand side of the nazca ...

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Geological energies and other related topics are answered.

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