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Megacity megaquakes—Two near misses

January 1, 2013

Two recent earthquakes left their mark on Santiago de Chile and Tokyo, well beyond the rupture zones, raising questions about the future vulnerability of these and other cities that lie in seismically active regions. Though spared strong shaking, the megacities nevertheless lit up in small quakes, perhaps signaling an abrupt change in the condition for failure on the faults beneath the cities. To detect such changes in earthquake rate requires good seismic monitoring networks; to respond to such hazard increases with civic preparations requires good government.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2013
Title Megacity megaquakes—Two near misses
DOI 10.1126/science.1238944
Authors Ross S. Stein, Shinji Toda
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Science
Index ID 70181795
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earthquake Science Center; John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis

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