TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Which State in the U.S. Has the Most Earthquakes?

When thinking about earthquakes in the U.S., most people would think about California.

California is not the U.S. state that has the most earthquakes.


Which state in the U.S. has the most earthquakes?


According to LiveScience and other sources, Alaska, which straddles the border of two tectonic plates, gets hit with a magnitude 7 earthquake almost every year, and a magnitude 8 or greater earthquake on average every 14 years.


The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that over a 29-year span from 1974 to 2003, Alaska experienced 12,053 earthquakes, accounting for more than half of the nation’s earthquakes that register at least a 3.5 magnitude on the Richter scale.
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