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Re: East Coast Earthquake 8-23-2011
From: Steven Bellovin <smb () cs columbia edu>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 16:24:53 -0400


On Aug 24, 2011, at 9:44 20AM, Patrick W. Gilmore wrote:

On Aug 24, 2011, at 8:55 AM, JC Dill wrote:
On 23/08/11 3:13 PM, William Herrin wrote:
A. Our structures aren't built to seismic zone standards. Our
construction workers aren't familiar with*how*  to build to seismic
zone standards. We don't secure equipment inside our buildings to
seismic zone standards.

They should be.
They should be.
You should.

Earthquakes can happen anywhere.  There's no excuse to fail to build/secure to earthquake standards.

Tornados can happen anywhere, there's no excuse to fail to build/secure for tornados.

[Etc.]

Things that cost money are not done unless the probability of the danger is higher than vanishingly small.  This 
temblor - at 5.8 with no injuries or fatalities - was the largest earthquake on the entire east coast in 67 years, 
and the largest in VA in well over a century.  Think of the _trillions_ of dollars which could have been put into 
healthcare, public safety, hell, better networking equipment :) we could have used instead of making all buildings on 
the east coast earthquake safe.

It's more complex than that: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/08/east-coast-earthquakes/
And eastern cities can experience quakes of a magnitude noteworthy even on the West Coast -- see 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charleston,_South_Carolina#Postbellum_era_.281865.E2.80.931945.29


                --Steve Bellovin, https://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb







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