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megimoo
01-17-2010, 06:45 AM
GeoHazards International, with help from the United Nations, studied cities from Asia and the Americas in 2001 to determine the approximate number of deaths expected from an earthquake of magnitude 6.0 or higher.

Location / Possible number of deaths
1. Kathmandu, Nepal: 69,000
A study by GeoHazards International predicted a 6.0 earthquake would kill approximately 69,000 people in this growing city of about 1 million, the most densely populated district of Nepal.
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2. Istanbul, Turkey: 55,000
An major quake would kill an estimated 55,000 in this city of 10 million, which sits at the juncture of the African and the Eurasian tectonic plates. The nearby 1999 Kocaeli quake left 18,000 dead and thousands more homeless.
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3. Delhi, India: 38,000
Almost 14 million people live in Delhi, a sprawling area of more than 500 square miles. A 6.0 earthquake here would kill an estimated 38,000.
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4. Quito, Ecuador: 15,000
A 6.0 hit on mountainous Quito, home to 1.8 million people, would kill an estimated 15,000. A quake in 1797 ended the lives of some 40,000. In October 2006, a 4.1 quake hit the city without causing major damage. A bigger threat: volcanoes. The city is surrounded by them and threatened by an active one--the only major city in the world where this is the case.

http://www.forbes.com/2007/12/04/earthquakes-india-japan-biz-cx_db_1203earthquakes_slide.html