Kobe and L.A.: Quakes One Year Apart


"The Day the Earth Shook," airing on PBS' "Nova" series tonight, is a compelling analysis of the lessons of the 1994 Northridge and the 1995 Kobe earthquakes, which happen to have occurred on the 17th of January exactly one year apart.


One of the points made is that Los Angeles was lucky. More than half of the energy loosed by the shaking in the smaller Northridge quake was dissipated in the sparsely populated Santa Susana Mountains, while the strongest shaking in the Kobe temblor took place in the thickly populated downtown area.


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