Earthquake-risk maps pinpoint world’s most vulnerable areas

Source: Nature

Three new maps reveal which parts of the globe are most at risk of earthquakes — and where most people are vulnerable to seismic disaster.

The first map, of global seismic hazard, shows in unprecedented detail which parts of the globe are prone to earthquakes — such as the ‘Ring of Fire’ around the Pacific Ocean.

The second, of global seismic risk, highlights areas where buildings are likely to be damaged by the ground shaking, such as Guatemala. The third, of global exposure, looks at the number of buildings around the world — emphasizing the danger in highly populated regions such as Indonesia and India.