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Illinois Has A Higher Risk Of An Earthquake

A new federal assessment of earthquake possibilities finds that Illinois' chances of a major earthquake are a little greater than before.  

Illinois is among 16 states with the highest risk for earthquakes, meaning there's a two-percent chance of a quake producing "very intense shaking" within a 50-year period.  

Other states with the highest risk for earthquakes include Kentucky, Tennesee, and Missouri.

The reassessment of earthquake threats was undertaken after the 2011 quake off the coast of Japan and resulted in a higher chance of quakes in about a third of the continental U.S. and a reduced chance in about a tenth of the nation's area.