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The destructive power of earthquakes

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The Destructive Power of Earthquakes_HERO

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April 18, 1906: San Francisco

The great San Francisco earthquake produced a surface rupture some 300 kilometers long. But most of the damage occurred when wooden buildings in the city caught fire after the shaking had stopped. This happened before building codes required fireproofing and structural stability.

April 1, 1946: Hilo, Hawaii

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