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PubTalk 4/2010 — Large, Destructive Earthquakes in Haiti and Chile

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Lessons Learned for the San Francisco Bay Area

by USGS Geophysicists, Walter Mooney & Eric Geist 


  • Why was the January 2010 magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Haiti the 4th deadliest in history?
  • What have scientists discovered from seismology, satellite observations, and field investigations?
  • The Chilean magnitude 8.8 earthquake is the 5th largest ever recorded, generating a deadly tsunami-- what have we learned from this mega-earthquake?
  • Is the Bay Area prepared for the next large earthquake?




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