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What would a 10.0 Earthquake do to a City?

What would the damage look like?

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  • paul h
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    A large city like NY or LA would be leveled....basically a trillion dollar loss along with great loss of life. Some estimates say the shaking could last from 30-60 minutes.

    "What would happen if a 10.0 earthquake hit a major American city?"

    "The energy released by such an earthquake would have the equivalent power in the neighborhood of 14,950 megatonnes of TNT detonating. Whether you want to call that amount of force “one million Hiroshima bombs” or “more than twice the estimated yield of the world's total nuclear arsenal,” there isn’t a city on the planet ready to stand up to that kind of destructive potential.

    By way of comparison to historically large earthquakes, a 10.0 would be...

    5.6 times as powerful as the largest earthquake on record, the 1960 Valdivia earthquake;

    15.8 times as powerful as the biggest earthquake to strike an American city, the 1964 Alaska earthquake, which put the city of Anchorage - and its then-85,000 residents - on a decade-long road to recovery;

    22.4 times as powerful as the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake that triggered a 250,000-people-killing tsunami;

    31.6 times as powerful as the devastating 2011 Tōhoku earthquake;

    1,995 times as powerful as the infamous 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and;

    89,125 times as powerful as the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the last major earthquake to strike Los Angeles, which cost upwards of $64 billion in today's currency.

    https://www.quora.com/What-would-happen-if-a-10-0-...

    A Japanese study....

    "It is theoretically possible that the world could see a quake with a magnitude of around 10, a researcher at Tohoku University told the government’s Coordinating Committee for Earthquake Prediction, Japan.

    The energy of such an earthquake would be 30 times greater than the magnitude 9.0 quake that hit the northeast on March 11, 2011"

    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2012/12/15/natio...

    Studies on a replica scale model on a shake table have found that some ancient Chinese temples could survive a 10.0 earthquake with little damage ...quite extraordinary building techniques which allow for movement!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w78Yb_aotH0

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    • paul h
      Lv 7
      9 months agoReport

      East Coast quakes tend to propagate much further as well since the bedrock is less fractured as found on the West Coast areas
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Virginia_earthquake

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  • 9 months ago

    First attempt to level it, then drown it. The strongest quake on record was a 9.5, and it did a ton of damage just with the mainshock and immediate aftershocks. And then the waves came. Even in 1960, they built for earthquakes in Chile, so many buildings did surprisingly well in the shaking, only being taken down by soil liquefaction and the ensuing tsunami.

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  • 9 months ago

    There would be no one around alive nearby to describe it

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Numerous traffic lights would not be working.

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  • .
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    The Kansai region of Japan was hit with a 6.9 magnitude Earthquake in in early 1995 and 6,434 died. But Japan has building codes to make things safer for earthquakes. So if a 10.0 earthquake happened, probably more than 10,000 people would die.

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  • 9 months ago

    Yes it can be damaging to a city but soon natural disasters will no longer ruin anything. In Gods word the bible he promises it. Isaiah 65:22-25

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  • 9 months ago

    It would look like a pile of rubble. most of the buildings collapsed. fires everywhere. total devastation.

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  • 9 months ago

    Grab a plate of food then slam both fists on table as hard as you can, the result to your plate of food will tell you the answer.

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