next five important earthquakes

20 10 2009

Interesting article in Time today:

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1930622_1930614_1930606,00.html

Next five major (important) earthquakes expected to occur in: Los Angeles, Tokyo, Tehran, Pacific Northwest, Indonesia

“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. But a similar quake in the congested capital of Tehran — where more than 7 million people live — would be a shattering catastrophe. 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.” — Time, Oct. 20th, 2009

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