If we keep fracking 148 million will seem like a modest number from ancient history! Reuters carries the story of the many, many Americans officially at risk from earthquakes:
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More than 143 million people in 48 neighboring states across the United States are at risk from earthquakes, experts said on Wednesday.
As many as 28 million people are likely to experience strong tremors in their lifetime and the value of building losses from earthquakes is estimated at $4.5 billion per year in the long term, the U.S. Geological Service (USGS), California Geological Survey and the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said in a joint report.
“This analysis of data from the new National Seismic Hazard Maps reveals that significantly more Americans are exposed to earthquake shaking,” said Bill Leith, the report’s co-author and a senior science advisor at USGS.