Media Advisory: Updated Maps on Induced and Natural Earthquake Hazards — Press Conference

Release Date:

On March 1, a USGS study will be released that shows potential ground-shaking hazards in 2017 from both human-induced and natural earthquakes. 

This is an update to their 2016 forecast and the second year both types of hazards are forecasted, as previous USGS maps only identified hazards from natural earthquakes. The new report is valuable for making more informed decisions to reduce the nation’s vulnerability and providing safety information to those who may be at risk.

The USGS is the only federal agency with responsibility for recording and reporting earthquake activity nationwide and assessing seismic hazard.



Reporters are invited to join a telephone press conference to discuss USGS updates to the nation’s human-induced and natural earthquake hazards.



  • Mark Petersen, Chief of the National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project, USGS
  • Other co-authors and USGS science staff will be on the line as well



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

1:00 pm ET



To join, please call 1-800-369-2192 and use the passcode 5351828.

For those outside of the U.S., call 312-470-0137 and use the passcode 5351828.

A recording of the event will be available approximately one hour after the call is completed, and it will be accessible for 30 days. It can be retrieved at 1-800-688-2794 (toll free) or 203-369-3685 (toll for those outside of the U.S.).

Learn more about induced earthquakes by visiting the main USGS website as well as reading six facts and common questions.