This was all seen as coming up in the future (conceptually-speaking) back in the 1990's when seismologists and geophysicists and emergency managers and others were oft-quoted or oft-recorded stating that with the exploding human population and its move from the countryside to the cities which are disproportionately prone to be built nearer coasts and fault lines as a consequence of the continued spread of industrialization and urbanization in the Developing World. This was married to a fortuitous quiescence of Great Quakes or otherwise catastrophic large quakes at a number of exceptionally dangerous seismic zones during the past few decades or longer which allowed their threat to be ignored or diminished as perceived by locals. What has happened will continue to happen and was always going to happen once the human race made the choices it made. We made and continue to make our bed and will most certainly will sleep in it.
Anybody want to comment on these?
1. We are approaching the 1 year anniversary of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami (Occurred on March 11, 2011), and the 6 month anniversary of the Central Virginia Earthquake (Occurred on August 23, 2011).
Tohoku article: http://www.ouramazingplanet.com/2479-japan-tohoku-earthquake-lessons-learned.html
Central Virginia article: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/se082311a.php#summary
2. Today, February 22nd, is the First Anniversary of the Christchurch, New Zealand Earthquake (http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Emotional-Ceremony-Marks-New-Zealand-Earthquake-Anniversary-139956793.html). People are up-in-arms about the slow pace of recovery there.
3. There was a 4.0 magnitude Earthquake yesterday in SE Missouri, just days after the 200th Anniversary of the Great Central U.S. Earthquake. It was felt in 9 states (http://articles.boston.com/2012-02-21/news/31084001_1_new-madrid-seismic-zone-earthquake-magnitude).
4. The last major earthquake to affect the Lower 48 of the U.S. was the Northridge Earthquake (6.7 Magnitude) - January 17, 1994 - http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/events/1994_01_17.php
5. The Quintuplet of Recent Damaging Quakes:
Tohuku (March 11, 2011): http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqinthenews/2011/usc0001xgp/
Haiti (January 12, 2010): http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010rja6.php
Chile: (February 27, 2010): http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqinthenews/2010/us2010tfan/#summary
New Zealand (February 21, 2011): http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqinthenews/2011/usb0001igm/#summary
New Zealand (September 3, 2010): http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010atbj.php
6. For recent earthquake events visit: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/quakes_all.php
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