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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-26-03 10:14 PM
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6. The earthquake in Iran was approximately the same
Edited on Fri Dec-26-03 10:15 PM by Cleita
magnitude the one we had in California Monday. The California earthquake was in a largely rural area. The built up areas have to be up to earthquake code. Unfortunately the historic area of Paso Robles was not, and sustained the most damage and the two deaths. If it had been in San Francisco and Los Angeles, there would have been more casualties and destruction. What you don't know about are the little tragedies that happen like the girl whose horse died of a heart attack right at the time the quake hit.

Now in Iran, the mud brick buildings are probably not able to sustain an earthquake of that magnitude. The sudden shaking feels like a train that has been derailed by an explosion, and starts to roll down a hillside. When the structures start to fall apart and fall and on you is when the rubber hits the pavement.
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