Living in Earthquake Country

Eadie, Charles
January 2005
Planning;Jan2005, Vol. 71 Issue 1, p30
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the life in Santa Cruz, 10 miles from the Nisene Marks State Park, which was the epicenter of the 1989 Loma Pricta earthquake. The quake snapped the tops off 100-foot redwoods, triggering landslides throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains, and wrecked the historic downtown's of both Santa Cruz and Watsonvillc. The article further mentions about the combating measures taken, and views that these measures have worked, especially when compared to the catastrophic effects of similar and even lesser magnitude earthquakes in places like Iran and Turkey. The Bay Area, is particularly vulnerable. It is the site of more than a dozen earthquake faults, including two of the most studied and most threatening.


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