Utah rises in new U.S. earthquake map's hazard rating
Washington • Utah is among several states that have moved into the top two hazard zones in a new federal earthquake map.
The map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about half of the United States and lowers it for nearly a quarter of the nation.
The U.S. Geological Survey updated Thursday its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011 Virginia temblor.
Most of the changes are slight. Project chief Mark Petersen said parts of Utah, Washington, Oregon, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming and Tennessee moved into the top two hazard zones.
Parts of 16 states have the highest risk for earthquakes: Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois, Kentucky and South Carolina.