Maps: US Natural Disaster Risk, Population Density and Nuclear Facilities

Below is a compilation of US maps indicating Natural Disaster Risks like Earthquakes, Floods, Tornadoes and Hurricanes (individual and as overlays), along with US Population Density breakdowns by counties (from 2010 Census) and an up to date map of currently operating Nuclear Plants. We hope this information will help you be more informed about high risk areas as they relate to your particular location and future plans.

Natural Disaster Risk Map

Natural Disaster Risk Map
The map above overlays Earthquake (both moderate and high risk), Flood, Tornado and Hurricane risks in continental United States. Data for this map was provided by and

Earthquake Risk Map

US Earthquake Risk Map
This map highlights Earthquake risk in the entire USA, based on US Geological Survey data.

Tornado Risk Map

Tornado Risk Map
The map above displays Tornado risk in United States, based on data provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Hurricane Risk Map

Hurricane Risk Map
The map displayed above highlights the Hurricane risk in continental US based on data provided by University of Miami.

US Population Density Map (2010 Census)

US Population Density Map
Above is US Population Density By County Map (2010 Census) provided by U.S. Census Bureau. Click on the map to download a PDF file of the map which you can use to zoom in for better detail.

Nuclear Facilities and Seismic Hazards Map

Nuclear Power Plants and Seismic Hazards
This map overlays Nuclear Facilities and Seismic Hazards. It shows areas of equal seismic hazard and indicates the minimum peak horizontal ground acceleration value, a measure of the how hard the ground shakes in a given area. The map also shows locations of the 65 US nuclear facilities. The data comes from the US Geological Survey Geological Hazards Team and the US Energy Information Administration.It was compiled by Mike Meuser from According to Mike as of March 2011 there are 65 operating nuclear power facilities in the U.S. Each facility has from 1 to 3 reactors for a total of 104. This number does NOT account for those reactors that are decommissioned, reactors at research and university facilities or all of the nuclear waste at various locations around the United States.

The catastrophe at the Fukushima plant in Japan should serve as a lesson to the United States as well as Japan. The map below illustrates just how vulnerable we could be: many of the United States’s nuclear facilities are located near areas of seismic activity.

For a more detailed view, click on the map to view a large PNG file.


  1. Lisa

    Thanks for the maps. This is interesting. I was really surprised at the population density for some areas.

  2. Irish-7

    I am compelled to express gratitude for posting these informative maps. I printed them for my TEOTWAWKI binder. I have seen similar maps in survival books and online, but never all together. Thanks again!

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