FM Global launches global map of earthquake risk

Against the ever-present risk of earthquakes, which on average causes nearly US$40bn in direct economic loss every year, FM Global has released what it says is the world’s most comprehensive global earthquake risk map.

The FM Global Worldwide Earthquake Map has been designed to help businesses improve the resilience of their global supply chains. The map incorporates soil effects and building structural performance to map the return times of ground motions that will damage weak buildings, allowing organisations to compare earthquake risk across the globe.

“The majority of global businesses have locations, suppliers, or customers in earthquake zones but lack a complete picture of the risk,” said Brion Callori, senior vice president and manager, engineering and research at FM Global. “To business leaders, the seismology of an earthquake is less salient than the property damage and business disruption that can result. Our clients’ business resilience is the focus of this map.”

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