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True or false? The same size earthquake will cause damage over a larger area in the West than the East.

  1. True
  2. False

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Image: Damage from 2011 Virginia Earthquake
Photo of chimney damage at a house in Louisa County, Virginia. This was a result from a magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Virginia on August 23, 2011. Photograph Credit: Francis Ashland, USGS

The correct answer is false. Earthquake shaking in the eastern United States can travel much farther and cause damage over larger areas than the West. The difference between seismic shaking in the East versus the West is due in part to the geologic structure and rock properties that allow seismic waves to travel farther without weakening. While earthquakes occur more frequently in the West, people in the East should still be prepared and practice earthquake safety. 

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