Natural Hazards in Massachusetts

Contrary to popular beliefs, Massachusetts does have earthquakes and experiences other less frequent natural hazards such as flooding, coastal erosion and an occasional nuisance landslide.  One of the largest earthquakes ever recorded hit Cape Ann, Massachusetts in 1755.  Northeastern Massachusetts frequently experiences small earthquakes. For more information on earthquakes and other hazards, follow the links below:

Northeast States Emergency Consortium:

NEW! The USGS Landslide Handbook-- A Guide to Understanding Landslides

Earthquakes in New England

National Earthquake Information Center, Earthquake Hazards Program:

USGS Water Resources of Massachusetts and Rhode Island:

MA Department of Environmental Management, Hazard Mitigation Program:

Federal Emergency Management Agency:



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