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Travel Tip: The Countries Most at Risk for Earthquakes

According to the National Earthquake Information Center, there are an average of 20,000 earthquakes happening every year. While many are too weak to be felt, it’s important to know the locations most likely to be struck by earthquakes before you travel.

So what countries are most likely to be struck by earthquakes?

Coming in first is Japan. The country gets shaken by different magnitudes of earthquakes almost every day. What’s the reason? It’s location on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the area in the Pacific Ocean with a long string of volcanoes and tectonic plate boundaries. And 90% of the world’s earthquakes happen in the Pacific Ring of Fire.

That may explain why Indonesia is number two on the earthquake list. The country gets hit several times a month.

And number three is the Philippines. In the United States, California is ranked number four with more than 70% of the state’s residents living within 30 minutes of the San Andreas Fault.

As for the country that’s least at risk from natural disaster, it’s Qatar. According to the World Risk Report, Qatar has the lowest risk of this natural disaster because of its remoteness from any fault lines and complete lack of volcanoes. 

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