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Major California Earthquakes Since '89

Some 13,000-plus small earthquakes were felt in California last year. They are a regular occurrence in our state, even in lower-risk regions. That’s why coverage is important to all California residents. Knowing basic facts and figures about California earthquakes makes you more effective in conveying the risks to your clients. Can you name the five most significant earthquakes* since 1989?

Major California Earthquakes Since '89

Test your EQ IQ

Question: Of the below states*, which ones have the smallest number of earthquakes? (HINT: There could be more than one right answer.)

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  • Nevada
  • Kansas
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Arizona
  • Illinois
  • Ohio
  • Minnesota
  • Florida
  • None of the above... all have had at least one significant earthquake

Answer: Florida and North Dakota!

The take-home lesson? Earthquakes can happen virtually anywhere – especially in California, where the Pacific and North American tectonic plates continue their slow-motion migration.

The USGS puts the risk of a major earthquake in California in the next 30 years at 99.7 percent. The risk for earthquake damage is real – yet CEA research tells us that only one-third of CEA policies sold come with an agent recommendation.

The risk is real – and so is the opportunity to sell more earthquake policies. Make sure your clients know how to financially protect themselves by ordering new brochures that detail the risk and provide policy solutions. There are policies and options to fit virtually anyone’s needs and budgets.

*Source: USGS