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megimoo
10-22-2009, 06:47 PM
Los Angeles

Earthquakes have always been part of Los Angeles' past — and its future. In 1994 a 6.7-magnitude quake hit the Northridge area of the city, badly damaging freeways, killing more than 70 people and causing $20 billion in damages.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONpBmjoAjUM

But those numbers could be dwarfed by a major quake in the future. The geologic record indicates that huge quakes occur roughly every 150 years in the region — Los Angeles lies along the southern end of the San Andreas Fault — and the last big quake, which registered a magnitude 7.9, happened in 1857.

Los Angeles has done a lot to beef up its building codes and emergency response in the 15 years since the Northridge quake and may be better prepared than any other major American city, but the city's sheer size ensures the next Big One will be bloody.

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1930622_1930614,00.html

megimoo
10-22-2009, 06:51 PM
Tokyo

Roughly the same size as California, Japan shares the Golden State's precarious plate tectonics. The nation's four main islands get hit regularly with earthquakes of varying strength.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlkCyjwD4-I

But while California has about 36 million people, Japan's population is nearly 4.5 times as large, and most Japanese live in extraordinarily dense cities. That puts more people squarely in a danger zone — nowhere more so than in the capital of Tokyo, which has a population of 13 million.

A major quake struck the city and its surroundings in 1923, killing as many as 150,000 people. Although Japan has vastly improved its infrastructure since then and has the strictest building codes in the world, a similar temblor — which seismologists believe is almost inevitable — could kill more than 10,000 people and cause more than $1 trillion in damages.

megimoo
10-22-2009, 07:09 PM
Tehran

All of Iran lies within a major earthquake zone, and the country has suffered terrible temblors before most recently in 2003, when a 6.8-magnitude quake leveled the ancient city of Bam and killed more than 30,000 people.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR6p47920ss&feature=related

But a similar quake in the congested capital of Tehran where more than 7 million people live would be a shattering catastrophe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtUnRXmCU-U&feature=related

Unlike building codes in other endangered cities such as San Francisco and Tokyo, Tehran's are relatively lax, and many residents like in the sort of unreinforced-concrete houses that turn into death traps in the event of a strong quake.

The Iranian Health Ministry once estimated that a 7-magnitude quake would destroy 90% of the city's hospitals. Tehran is so threatened that there has been periodic talk about moving the capital.

megimoo
10-22-2009, 07:19 PM
Pacific Northwest

The rain-drenched residents of the Cascadia region roughly from Oregon to southern British Columbia probably assume that earthquakes are something for their neighbors in California to worry about. But Cascadia sits on top of major faults, and although it doesn't get hit very often, the region has been seen massive quakes before.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PRBY4hseO4&feature=fvw

The most recent one was in 1700, when a megathrust earthquake that may have been as severe as 9.2 on the Richter scale struck the region. The geological record indicates that a catastrophic quake hits Cascadia only about every 500 years, but the cities of the Pacific Northwest, like Seattle and Vancouver, are far less prepared than San Francisco and Los Angeles for a major earthquake, so when the next powerful temblor comes around, the Pac
Northwest could suffer.

megimoo
10-22-2009, 07:25 PM
Indonesia

It's called the Ring of Fire, a semicircle of violently shifting plates and volcanoes that runs along the edges of the Pacific Ocean, from New Zealand to Chile.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPj41JySMLk

The most seismically active region on the planet, the Ring of Fire has triggered countless quakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 230,000 people, mostly in Southeast Asia.

That tsunami was set off by a 9.3-magnitude quake near the northern coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, a region that has been hit repeatedly by massive temblors, most recently a 7.6 earthquake in September that killed more than 1,000 people.

Sadly that's a relatively small quake death toll by Indonesian standards and seismologists expect more to come in the future.

Rockntractor
10-22-2009, 08:34 PM
Underground.

megimoo
10-22-2009, 08:40 PM
Underground.They all start underground ?

Bubba Dawg
10-22-2009, 08:44 PM
Most of them stay underground too. I'm confused. :confused:

Rockntractor
10-22-2009, 08:49 PM
They all start underground ?


See I'm clairvoyant!

Bubba Dawg
10-22-2009, 08:51 PM
See I'm clairvoyant!

I thought you were scotch irish?

megimoo
10-22-2009, 08:56 PM
See I'm clairvoyant!Is that an Russian or French Name Clair ?

Rockntractor
10-22-2009, 08:57 PM
Is that an Russian or French Name Clair ?

Bubba be the frog!

Crapouillot
10-22-2009, 09:06 PM
Is that an Russian or French Name Clair ?

You saucy boy, do not be so cavalier as to impugn the French or I will be forc-ed to taunt you. :p

Bubba Dawg
10-22-2009, 09:07 PM
Bubba be the frog!

Crappy is like the Wind, he goes where he listeth. Oh wait, I hear him now.....

Rockntractor
10-22-2009, 09:07 PM
You saucy boy, do not be so cavalier as to impugn the French or I will be forc-ed to taunt you. :p
I'll fry your legs to a crispy golden brown!

Bubba Dawg
10-22-2009, 09:10 PM
I'll fry your legs to a crispy golden brown!

Terroriste!!!! :eek::p

FlaGator
10-22-2009, 09:59 PM
Godzilla will do in Tokyo long before an earthquake.

patriot45
10-22-2009, 10:38 PM
Moo! You are going to give yourself nitemares! :D

Florida don't get earthquakes! I'm OK!

Rockntractor
10-22-2009, 10:40 PM
Moo! You are going to give yourself nitemares! :D

Florida don't get earthquakes! I'm OK!

The cracks would just fill with mud!

megimoo
10-22-2009, 10:54 PM
Moo! You are going to give yourself nitemares! :D

Florida don't get earthquakes! I'm OK!
How do you suppose the place acquired that elongated shape ?It was originally connected to Bahamas and Cuba .With a good survey map you can still see where the underwater reefs connecting them to the Florida before they submerged .

GrumpyOldLady
10-23-2009, 06:50 AM
NYC has a big fault line that runs under it and through it, and no one talks about it.

noonwitch
10-23-2009, 08:53 AM
Every ten years or so, there's a quake on the New Madrid fault, or in the Ohio/Mississippi river valleys somewhere, and we get a tremor up here in Michigan. It's been a little over a decade since the last one, so that is due. Those are minor and don't usually cause much or any damage. The last one happened during work hours at the old building, which had multiple stories. I was on the 4th floor, and I remember getting really dizzy for a minute, then everything shaking for about 30 seconds. Not shaking heavily. I thought a truck had exploded on 1-94 again.

megimoo
10-23-2009, 09:17 AM
Every ten years or so, there's a quake on the New Madrid fault, or in the Ohio/Mississippi river valleys somewhere, and we get a tremor up here in Michigan. It's been a little over a decade since the last one, so that is due. Those are minor and don't usually cause much or any damage. The last one happened during work hours at the old building, which had multiple stories. I was on the 4th floor, and I remember getting really dizzy for a minute, then everything shaking for about 30 seconds. Not shaking heavily. I thought a truck had exploded on 1-94 again.
Quake On New Madrid Fault Line Could Affect KC
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSNjBCfp9Lk
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Zeta Report - New Madrid Fault Line
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3Tpk00ejmg
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New Madrid earth quake (coming St.louis)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCGXjBsUiow&feature=related
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New Madrid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHZA9-U9ATg&feature=related
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New Madrid Bend 011208
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YjdcFGmvFY&feature=related
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The New Madrid Earthquake
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M-E6t5FlXk&feature=related
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Catastrophic earthquake possible in US FEMA report
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTmfNtPZx_8&feature=related

FlaGator
10-23-2009, 10:04 AM
How do you suppose the place acquired that elongated shape ?It was originally connected to Bahamas and Cuba .With a good survey map you can still see where the underwater reefs connecting them to the Florida before they submerged .

It wasn't Earthquakes. It was a lowing over the sea level during the last ice age that connected them and when the ice age ended the seas rose and the land bridge was gone.

megimoo
10-23-2009, 11:25 AM
It wasn't Earthquakes. It was a lowing over the sea level during the last ice age that connected them and when the ice age ended the seas rose and the land bridge was gone.
Oh Really,I think you'll find that the glaciers failed to go down as far South as Florida !

Just off the coast of Bimini there are a series on fabricated slabs of stone spread out in the form of an Acropolis or Town Square .There is evidence that at one time they were on the surface of a much larger island off of Bimini that some suspect was Atlantis !

There are an abundant of ancient writings that tell of a great civilization just beyond the 'Pillars of Hercules ' which were thought to be at the straits of Gibraltar To Atlantis that sunk in an seismic upheaval in Caribbean Seas during ancient times.