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Here's the U.S. Earthquake Forecast, Now Including the Quakes We Cause

Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arkansas face the highest risk.
A road sign reports an earthquake in Edmond, Oklahoma, on Feb. 13.

A road sign reports an earthquake in Edmond, Oklahoma, on Feb. 13.

Photographer: J Pat Carter/Getty Images

Towns on the Great Plains are built to withstand tornadoes. Earthquakes are a new thing. 

A cluster of central states surrounding Oklahoma now faces the highest risk of earthquakes induced by human activities "such as fluid injection or extraction," according to a short-term seismic forecast by the U.S. Geological Survey.