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In 2014 which of the following states had the most

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In 2014, which of the following states had the most earthquakes? A. California B. Maine C. Oregon D. Oklahoma The largest quake had a magnitude (Mw) of 5.7, and earthquakes over a magnitude 5 can cause  structural damage. This is interesting because these earthquakes have been directly tied to human activity-they are examples of induced seismicity (we can make quakes!). In other Earth news, it has been HOT this summer. In Montana, a drought is leading to increased incidences of wildfires (as of a few days ago,  ~10% of the state was classified as being in “exceptional drought”, defined as “Exceptional and  widespread crop/pasture losses; shortages of water in reservoirs, streams, and wells creating  water emergencies” by the US Drought Monitor (see here:  ). Consequences of the drought are varied. We see increased incidences of wildfires (for wildfire  data, see here:  1
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What role have humans played in these events? Can we expect a greater frequency of similar 
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