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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:39 PM
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10. I am not sure that a quake of this intensity with the exact same
characteristics (nature thankfully never ever does that)... I am not sure it would not do a lot of damage to oh Tokyo or LA.

We are talking of a surface quake... right under the city, with a very narrow P-Wave. I should add that Port Au Prince also is mostly on sandy terrain... and was looking at the damage map and some areas of the city actually had light damage.

I learned this after asking myself why Mexico City was so bad.

The Richter scale is just part of the why a quake does that much damage. Where is just as important as how deep, as to how intense, and how long it takes and the substrate.

Not to say that the IMF is despicable... but I am almost betting the same quake under certain zones of LA, like the LA River Basin... you'd be amazed how much damage even with construction codes.

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