Are you ready for the next big one?
Most people immediately think of California as the U.S. region most likely to be struck with a major earthquake. Recent projections reveal there is a 99.7% chance that a magnitude 6.7 quake or larger will strike there in the next 30 years. There is also broad awareness of seismic activity risks to other states, including Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and Utah. Alaska has already faced several large earthquakes this year, including a magnitude 7.1 trembler.
However, few people are familiar with the New Madrid Seismic Zone that affects portions of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. Back in 1811 and 1812, four of the largest earthquakes in US history struck the New Madrid Fault Line, with seismic activity so powerful that it changed the course of the Mississippi River. This fault is six times larger than the San Andreas Fault zone in California.
Although New England experiences less frequent seismic activity than the West Coast, a 5.8 quake struck Virginia in 2011 that damaged many buildings, including the Washington Monument. In recent years, we’ve seen a flurry of seismic activity in the magnitude 3-4 range in and around Oklahoma.
Nationwide Private Client recommends that homeowners who live in any seismically active area make preparations to reduce the potential for earthquake damage to their home and possessions.
These safety tips will help you prepare for the next big earthquake:
Before an Earthquake
This list is not an exhaustive list of retrofitting options to consider; however, these items provide a starting point for discussions with a qualified contractor. Be sure to consult with the appropriate professionals as you plan any seismic improvements. Our Risk Solutions professionals provide home surveys for eligible new Private Client policyholders. This includes an assessment your home’s foundation to verify it meets current earthquake building codes if you live in an earthquake prone area
During an Earthquake
After an Earthquake
We offer this information to assist you in making decisions that can help mitigate your risk. While we cannot address every possible scenario or guarantee these tips will work for you, our goal is to support your efforts to protect yourself and your family. For more information, please visit nationwide.com/privateclientor contact your Nationwide Private Client agent.
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