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This is why I'm much more comfortable living on the East Coast in America and a major reason for why I have no great desire to go anywhere near places like San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Hurricanes I can deal with:  board up the house, get canned food and a few gallons of water, etc.  It's been an annual routine as long as I can remember.  With hurricanes, you control your own destiny to at least some degree.  But earthquakes?  Just...no.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Feb 27th, 2008 at 11:00:21 AM EST
I lived in the Bay Area - you get used to it after a while. I've slept through bigger earthquakes than the one in the UK.

They also had a minor one a few weeks ago in the Middle East. At least we know what caused that one. From Ha'aretz, Feb 20:

Shas MK Shlomo Benizri blamed gays Wednesday for the earthquakes that have shaken the region in recent months, telling a Knesset plenum debate on local authorities' earthquake preparedness that government action on homosexuality would do much to prevent the tremors.

Benizri said the government should not make do with reinforcing buildings, but should instead pass less legislation that encourages homosexuality and other "perversions like adoptions by lesbian couples."

Are there idiots like that in the U.K. as well?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Feb 27th, 2008 at 05:18:23 PM EST
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That's absolutely astonishing.

"Why do earthquakes happen?" said Benizri. "One of the reasons is the things to which the Knesset gives legitimacy, to sodomy."

"A cost-effective way of averting earthquake damage," he added, "would be to stop passing legislation on how to encourage homosexual activity in the State of Israel, which anyways causes earthquakes."


by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2008 at 04:29:30 AM EST
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I just don't know what to say. This is one of the sadder days in my life as geologist.

I'm going to weep now.

by Nomad on Fri Feb 29th, 2008 at 02:28:42 AM EST
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although the structures out here are pretty solid. Living in rural Pakistan, for example, I'd be much more worried.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Wed Feb 27th, 2008 at 05:46:58 PM EST
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Doesn't "living in rural Pakistan" means living in a ground-floor house, with no natural gas ducts around ? What's the risk of an earthquake there, beyond the earth literally cracking under you ? (of course, supplies afterwards could get worrying if the roads are cut)

The real risk is in urbanised poor countries, with cheap multi-storey buildings, and high population densities...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2008 at 04:25:57 AM EST
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I'm referring to this quake in which many people died after being crushed by collapsing buildings - buildings utilizing mediocre construction techniques in comparison to what is found in Japan and the west coast of the US, for example. The issue you reference is the same thing.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Thu Feb 28th, 2008 at 01:41:23 PM EST
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Uh, the northeastern part of the US is not exactly a safe haven. There have been plenty of earthquakes in the area, and many of the buildings are unreinforced masonry. All those big old mill buildings are going to just fall down one of these days...

http://www.nesec.org/hazards/Earthquakes.cfm#history

by asdf on Wed Feb 27th, 2008 at 09:19:18 PM EST
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Okay, fair enough, although I don't live in New England.  It's not really a fair comparison on the preparedness of buildings in New England and Cal, though.  I assume the buildings in New England are generally a good bit older than those in California, and they're not accustomed to large earthquakes like folks out West.

Bit scary seeing those maps on the geology of the New York area.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Fri Feb 29th, 2008 at 08:30:02 AM EST
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