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Could We Handle an 8?

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More earthquake chatter: The NYT asked geologists, seismologists, and other experts how the US would do in a Chile-sized earthquake. Of concern are big faults in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and the New Madrid Seismic Zone, but the "San Andreas fault, by contrast, runs through many communities of California. So even though the Californian earthquakes will have a smaller magnitude, the destruction could be similar to a larger subduction zone earthquake." [NYT]