Sunday, March 14, 2010

Worsening earthquake problem is not below ground, but above

WASHINGTON — First the ground shook in Haiti, then Chile and now Turkey. The earthquakes keep coming hard and fast this year, causing people to wonder if something sinister is happening underfoot.

It’s not.

While it may seem as if there are more earthquakes occurring, there really aren’t. The problem is what’s happening above ground, not underground, experts say.
More people are moving into megacities that happen to be built on fault lines, and they’re rapidly putting up substandard buildings that can’t withstand earthquakes, scientists say.

1 comment:

  1. I would like to see econometric analysis about changes in seismic activity over time and geography.