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Fact Sheet 2005–3142

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Understanding Earthquake Hazards in Urban Areas

Urban Seismic Hazard Mapping for Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee

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Earthquakes cannot be predicted, but scientists can forecast how strongly the ground is likely to shake as a result of an earthquake. Seismic hazard maps provide one way of conveying such forecasts. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which produces seismic hazard maps for the Nation, is now engaged in developing more detailed maps for vulnerable urban areas. The first set of these maps is now available for Memphis, Tennessee.

Version 1.0

Posted July 2006

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