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What If An Earthquake Occurred in Colorado Today?. Colorado's Katrina!. Vincent Matthews and Lauren Heerschap Colorado Geological Survey Photographs from FEMA Photo Library. A Repeat of Colorado’s Largest Historical Earthquake.

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What If

An Earthquake

Occurred in Colorado Today?

Colorado's Katrina!

Vincent Matthews and Lauren Heerschap

Colorado Geological Survey

Photographs from FEMA Photo Library


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A Repeat of Colorado’s

Largest Historical Earthquake


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If a repeat of the 1882 M6.6 were to occur near Estes Park, we would have…

  • $2.8billion in economic losses statewide

  • 35,000 buildings with moderate or higher damage

  • 190 casualties requiring hospitalization

  • 2,650displacedhouseholds


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If a M6.25 were to occur near the Rocky Mountain Arsenal today…

  • $14.9billion in economic losses statewide

  • $5.6billion loss in Denver County alone

  • 152,000 buildings with moderate or higher damage

  • 2,500 casualties requiring hospitalization

  • 28,500displacedhouseholds


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Known faults that displace Miocene or younger strata and deposits

Deterministic Scenarios for Known Faults



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Rampart Range deposits

Fault

Faults and epicenters evaluated for this study

1882 Earthquake

Rocky Mountain Arsenal


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golden deposits

Selected Hazus Scenario Results

Golden Fault

M 6.5 $ 21.9 billion


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Ute pass deposits

Selected Hazus Scenario Results

Ute Pass Fault

M 7.0 $ 16.8 billion


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rampart deposits

Selected Hazus Scenario Results

Rampart Range Fault

M 7.0 $ 23.1 billion


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cheraw deposits

Selected Hazus Scenario Results

Cheraw Fault

M 7.0 $ 1.3 billion


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N sangre deposits

Selected Hazus Scenario Results

N Sangre de Cristo Fault

M 7.5 $ 8.0 billion


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cannibal deposits

Selected Hazus Scenario Results

Cannibal Fault

M 7.0 $ 675 million


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Busted boiler deposits

Selected Hazus Scenario Results

Busted Boiler Fault

M 6.5 $ 694 million


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Roubideau deposits

Selected Hazus Scenario Results

Roubideau Creek Fault

M 5.5 $ 94 million


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cimarron deposits

Selected Hazus Scenario Results

Cimarron Fault

M 6.75 $ 808 million


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S Sawatch deposits

Selected Hazus Scenario Results

South Sawatch Fault

M 7.25 $ 4.7 billion


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mosquito deposits

Selected Hazus Scenario Results

Mosquito Fault

M 7.0 $ 6.2 billion


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frontal deposits

Selected Hazus Scenario Results

Frontal Fault

M 7.0 $ 6.7 billion


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Williams fork deposits

Selected Hazus Scenario Results

Williams Fork Fault

M 6.75 $ 3.5 billion


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THE END deposits

The City that Waits