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The effects of earthquakes in California vs China

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Earthquakes happen all over the world. Where you live might determine how severe the damage might be. Recently, earthquakes of similar magnitude struck both China and the United States with vastly different results. In this video by Vox, learn about the results and why these outcomes varied.

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Understanding the Richter Scale is important in recognizing how earthquakes can be so deadly. Here are a few resources to check out regarding earthquakes: 

Earthquakes on Wikipedia

Richter Scale on Wikipedia

Richter Scale on US Geological Survey

This site has a great interactive map of Seismic Activity as well as a list of recent earthquakes.


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