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East Coast vs West Coast Earthquakes: The Good and the Bad

In the past several years, damaging earthquakes appear to be on the rise and it seems that every few months a big event happens (Sumatra, Samoa, Haiti, Chile, Italy etc).  It turns out that globally, large earthquake rates have not changed, but unfortunately the past several earthquakes have occurred in populated areas, some of which have poor building practices.  This only brings home the need to better understand our risk in North America.

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