What are the chances of an earthquake in California being as damaging as the Haiti earthquake?

I know that California sits on many fault lines, but if the same magnitude quake that hit Haiti recently hit San Francisco for example, would there be as much damage/deaths?

Asked By: JudasTheTraitor - 1/22/2010
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I need to clarify something. *NO* scientist has predicted that California or a piece thereof will "break off" from the rest of the continent in a horrible calamity. It physically cannot happen. I'd love to devote the rest of this answer to explaining, in depth, the various reasons what that was a really stupid thing... More
Answered By: Mark V - 1/22/2010
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Some scientists predict that the coast of California will break off at some point in the future. This could be devastating but since it lies on San Andreas Fault, the magnitude will not be that severe since a Transform boundary "rubs" against plates it wont be too devastating.
Answered By: Andrew - 1/22/2010
no, a similar magnitude won't do as much damage here, California has different building codes. actually, make that California HAS building codes... More
Answered By: sd3r - 1/22/2010
virgn just look up the san fransisco quake of 1903..give you an idea ..go to wiki or google..simple all the data is at your disposial..thee is some old footage taken as well..go for it good luck.
Answered By: Jack T - 1/22/2010
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