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My point is that buildings are built to withstand the likely hazards. So you can expect the same amount of damage from a "typical" earthquake in Germany as in California. It's just that the "typical" earthquake has a different intensity so things are more earthquake-proof in California than Germany.

It's a case of bringing risk down to roughly the same tolerable level, in different circumstances.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2008 at 04:59:35 PM EST
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