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When the largest possible quake at a rupture zone happens every few thousand years and the historical record reaches back a few centuries, I don't think the historical record suffices. (Which doesn't mean that one shouldn't call paleoseismology for help; the NYT article does mention new data about a tsunami in the 9th century that wasn't used for re-assessments.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Mar 30th, 2011 at 05:34:01 AM EST
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