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: Could California Handle a 6.4 Quake?
From: Christina Reed, Discovery News
Published August 15, 2012 08:48 AM

Could California Handle a 6.4 Quake?

Earthquakes don't kill people. Buildings built on earthquake fault lines kill people, unless they are built specifically to handle severe earthquakes.

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The twin quakes of magnitude 6.4 and 6.3 that struck Iran within 11 minutes of each other over the weekend is a devastating example of how important this understanding of geoengineering is to life on a fault zone.

The scary question for Californians and the Pacific Northwest is: Are they ready?

Let's be honest. Californians eat magnitude 4's and 5's for breakfast. And yes, the state can survive a magnitude 6.0 practically unscathed. But, ramp it up to a twin 6.4 and 6.3, and the outcome really depends on where the quakes strikes. I would expect there may be a few fatalities.

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