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Nepal-size earthquake in California could kill 1,800, study found
Nepal-size earthquake in California could kill 1,800, study found

Can a massive earthquake like the one in Nepal this weekend occur in California? The short answer is yes.  Like Nepal, California is situated at the intersection of huge pieces of the Earth's crust and is prone to seismic activity. There have been quakes in California larger than Saturday's 7.8-magnitude temblor that killed thousands. Most notably, the 1906 San Francisco quake killed an estimated 3,000 people and was estimated to be 7.9 magnitude. Significantly smaller quakes in highly populated areas have resulted in major loss of life. Three modern quakes — the Loma Prieta in 1989, the Northridge in 1994 and the Sylmar in 1971 — were each...

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