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Tasteless Question: Mar 12, 2011

Many western countries and their media seem to be rooting for high casualties in the Japanese Megaquake of 2011. So here is my question-

What will be the final casualty number when, not if, a similar event occurs in San Fransisco Bay Area?

My guess is between 100,000 and 500,000- earthquake resistant structures notwithstanding. Current civil engineering approaches to mitigating earthquakes damage work until a “direct hit” of Richter 8.1-8.2.

You should understand that all well-documented Richter 8-something earthquakes were epicentered in remote areas, or under the sea. Casualties from the recent magnitude 9-something Chile earthquake would have been much higher if it had been epicentered under a populated area.

The SF bay area is built above a network of faults. The infamous San Andreas fault is merely the best known of a number of inter-coupled faults. Did I mention the Juan de Fuca Plate?


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  1. Matt
    March 12, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    There is also the fact that the Japanese are extraodinarily well trained and well disciplined to deal with serious earthquakes. Americans are lazy, sloppy and will die in droves. And if FEMA, now part of Homeland (in)Security, gets involved you can expect the death toll to be tens of thousands higher because of their gross incompetence and corruption.

  2. DoesNotMatter
    March 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Sounds like an earthquake in CA is your wet dream. You sure you’re getting laid?

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