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Suggest reasons why the strongest earthquakes are not always the most costly

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´╗┐Suggest reasons why the strongest earthquakes are not always the most costly (10 marks) There are a variety of reasons why the strongest earthquakes are not always the most costly. One of these reasons may be that the country is well prepared when it comes to natural disasters. An example of this was the earthquake that happened in Chile in 2010. This earthquake had a magnitude of 8.8 which is the 8th largest earthquake recorded since 1900. Because Chile is on a fault line it has always been prone to earthquakes and therefore has learnt to adapt and cope with them. ...read more.

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Another reason may be that there are very few settlements in the area and therefore the costs will be lower because there are fewer people and buildings. For example, the earthquake that happened in Alaska in 1964. This is the second largest earthquake ever recorded with a magnitude of 9.2, the first being Chile with a magnitude of 9.5. You would expect the costs and the death toll to be quite high however this isn?t the case. Because it happened in a remote part of Alaska, Prince William Sound, there were only 131 deaths in total which is surprisingly low. ...read more.

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Alaska, California and Hawaii. Proof of how this can be useful, can be seen when looking at the earthquake that happened in California in 2010, which had a magnitude of 7.2 and occurred at 15:40. We know that earthquake education is part of the school curriculum. Children learn the signs of earthquakes, how to behave and practise regular drills. In addition schools ensure they are earthquake proof by avoiding wall mounted cupboards and televisions, only installing low bookcases and carrying out regular risk assessments. Because of these measures only 3 people were killed and 100 were injured. I think that these examples help to show that the strongest earthquakes are not always the most costly. Cem Temel ...read more.

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