Megacity megaquakes—Two near misses

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Two recent earthquakes left their mark on Santiago de Chile and Tokyo, well beyond the rupture zones, raising questions about the future vulnerability of these and other cities that lie in seismically active regions. Though spared strong shaking, the megacities nevertheless lit up in small quakes, perhaps signaling an abrupt change in the condition for failure on the faults beneath the cities. To detect such changes in earthquake rate requires good seismic monitoring networks; to respond to such hazard increases with civic preparations requires good government.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Megacity megaquakes—Two near misses
Series title Science
DOI 10.1126/science.1238944
Volume 341
Issue 6148
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher AAAS
Contributing office(s) Earthquake Science Center, John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis
Description 3 p.
First page 850
Last page 852
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