EARTHQUAKES AND EARTHQUAKE SAFETY
Why learn about earthquakes and earthquake safety? Earthquakes are caused when accumulated stress causes sudden slips along fault lines in the earth’s crust. Even though earthquakes are most likely to happen in certain regions of the world where fault lines lie, earthquakes can strike any place at any time. In the United States, earthquakes pose a significant risk to about 75 million people in 39 states, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Thus, it’s worth learning about earthquakes, including where they are most likely to occur, and how to react when an earthquake occurs.