An individual can find maps of earthquake fault lines at the U.S. Geological Survey website that provides interactive maps that an individual can personalize for their area. There is also a map available courtesy of USGS on the KQED News website.Continue Reading
The interactive U.S. map from the USGS site shows that the western states, particularly Nevada, are riddled with fault lines. The fault lines in Nevada range from faults as old as 1.6 million years to newer ones that popped up within the last 150 years, such as the Rainbow Mountain fault zone, located in the Carson Sink south of the West Humboldt Range and north of Lahontan Valley. A large amount of the fault lines in the state are around 130,000 years old.
California also boasts a large number of earthquake fault lines, the majority of which lie along its western coast and eastern border. The well-known San Andreas fault zone that runs along California's west coast just south of Fort Bragg down to Mexico is only 150 years old with sections that are a little older at 15,000 years.
Very few earthquake fault lines lie in the Midwestern and Eastern United States. A relatively young zone runs along South Carolina's eastern coast with a few more in southern Illinois and Indiana and the eastern border of Missouri.Learn more about Maps & Cartography