Which earthquake more catastrophic:

ELKCHSR

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Which earthquake was more catastrophic: Kobe, Japan or Northridge, California?

The 1994 Northridge earthquake had a magnitude of 6.7 was responsible for approximately 60 deaths, 9,000 injuries, and more than $40 billion in damage. The Kobe earthquake of 1995 was magnitude 6.8 and killed 5,530 people. There were some 37,000 injuries and more than $100 billion in economic loss.
 

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I would hate to be part of either. Anyone know if Kobe had has the same building standards of CA? How bout it Dan, you live in that part of the country.

Tim
 

roland from calif.

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Loma Preita was worse than either Northridge or Kobe.

The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake occured on October 18, 1989 at 00:04 UTC in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Central California.

Date: October 18, 1989 at 00:04 UTC (October 17, 1989 at 05:04 PM local time)
Location: 37.040 -121.877
Depth: 16.79 km
Magnitude: 6.9 Mw, 7.1 Ms, 6.7 Ml
Faulting:This earthquake was the first major event to occur along the San Andreas fault zone since the 1906 earthquake. The Loma Prieta earthquake ruptured the southernmost 40 km of the 1906 break, in comparable amounts of right-lateral strike slip and reverse slip motion. The average strike-slip displacement was 1.2 meters while the average reverse-slip displacement was 1.6 meters. This type of motion is not typical of the San Andreas fault and suggests that the earthquake occurred on a sub-parallel fault and not on the San Andreas itself. Consequently, the potential for a damaging earthquake on the San Andreas in the Santa Cruz mountains may still exist.
Deaths: 63
Injuries: 3,757
Property Damage: $ 5,900,000,000. At the time, this was the most costly natural disaster in the United States.
 

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That's really big...
I would like to know how the world shook when some of the upheavle occured when that you can see in the raised mountans out here in the Rockies. You can see where hills were lifed a thousand or more feet. Bare rock and layers of stone are quite visible....
 

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