This is what a devastating earthquake in California would look like

New Zealand
Christ Church Cathedral in New Zealand remains severely damaged from a powerful 2011 earthquake.
(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Christchurch, New Zealand, shattered by a 2011 earthquake, offers an urgent lesson for California.

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Rong-Gong Lin II is a metro reporter, specializing in covering statewide earthquake safety issues. The Bay Area native is a graduate of UC Berkeley and started at the Los Angeles Times in 2004.