In our area of the country, the risk of an earthquake is never far from our minds. In areas along the San Andreas Fault line in California, the earth has a way of nudging people awake anytime we feel complacent.
We have been relatively lucky, as truly devastating earthquakes on the level that we have seen in recent years in China, Mexico, Japan and Haiti, involving thousands and even hundreds of thousands of deaths -have been rare.
That's due to a combination of California's strenuously enforced building codes - and pure dumb luck. Yes, we have had several quakes of 9+ magnitude strike low-populated areas of Alaska over the years. But as of this writing, we have not had a major metropolitan area host the epicenter of a 7.8 magnitude-plus earthquake in living memory.
But that could change anytime.
The Federal Department of Emergency Management has developed a threat matrix to help gauge your exposure to earthquake threats.
In addition, FEMA has also published maps to help you determine your proximity to f ...