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10-28-2012, 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted by billvanseattle View Post
It also really depends on the nature of the quake, this one was quite large for interplate or intraplate earthquake. The really big ones are the subduction zone ones, and you can't get one of those in Vancouver ... however Victoria would be pretty screwed ...

This one was somewhat shallow at 10 miles, but the ugly ones are when you get surface rupture in a populated area ....
Even these Subduction zone quakes are not the main damage causer. It almost always is the tsunami that occurs after that completely destroys things in low lying areas and causes the deaths. You look at the Japan quake, while powerful the damage was limited from the actual quake itself. It was the resulting tsunami after that reaked havoc.

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