I was in Los Angeles during the recent 5.4 earthquake and it got me asking - how prepared is California for the "Big One" that's supposed to come soon? Also, I've heard that cities like Chicago and NY are also at risk for high-magnitude earthquakes, even though it may not seem like it. How prepared are those cities, at the moment, for such catastrophes? I mean, what kind of buildings would be at risk?
What about in cities like Seattle, Sydney, Auckland, and HK?
I Can answer for two.
Auckland won't be too bad off, since knowing it is built on several volcanoes the authorities have fairly high earthquake specs. Earthquakes in Auckland are infrequent enough to rate national news, here in Wellington, we treat them like the weather
Sydney would be seriously screwed
Oz doensn't get out much, so the inhabitants do clever things like build roads out of concrete. Concret roads aren't known for being very bendy. The building specs aren't designed to cope with decent quakes either.
7th August 2008 - 07:30 AM
more drink time... zzz <strange sound>
7th August 2008 - 10:39 PM
Is there any kind of tectonic activity in Australia?
No high mountains, no volcanoes, no hot sources, and really old rocks at some places... Sounds to me like a very stable place, a bit like Brazil.
8th August 2008 - 05:12 AM
yes australia does experience earthquakeshttp://www.quakes.uq.edu.au/seis_maps/
but as this showshttp://www.quakes.uq.edu.au/gen_info/lge_q.../list_aust.html
big ones (by australian standards) are generally not frequent
in my 33 years I have experienced 1 earthquake that i noticed...
PS queensland is apart of australia...
9th August 2008 - 03:44 AM
I live in Florida so I think earth quaks are out of the question. We have hurricanes here and some tornados.
New York, I never thought of that as an earth quake place. Even though in Nashua N.H. I noticed a tremmer once. It felt sereal and strange for someone on the east cost who never experianced an earth quake at all.
9th August 2008 - 06:08 AM
Horta Posted on Today at 1:44 PM I live in Florida so I think earth quaks are out of the question. We have hurricanes here and some tornados.
got any free* accommodation for a small delegation to conduct some field work
* budget restrictions (FM mind control satellites get priority here... sheesh)
9th August 2008 - 09:10 PM
kjw Posted on Yesterday at 4:08 PM got any free* accommodation for a small delegation to conduct some field work
oh and a bomb shelter