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Only a relative handful of photographs came from quake region, which is unusual.
In magnitude terms, the upgrade placed the quake equal fourth on a U.
Had the 1857 quake occurred today, consultant group Risk Management Solutions estimates the grim scenario described above would unfold quickly across Southern California.
Analysts have often adjusted damage estimates from long-past quakes simply by taking into account monetary inflation.
One new finding about the 1906 quake is that the San Andreas fault split apart, or ruptured, faster than scientists had assumed at the time.
States with the most quakes: I he map of the United States shows which states had the highest percentage of major quakes from 1974 to 2003.
By constantly monitoring these conditions, the scientists hope to spot patterns in the way the rocks behave before breaking apart in a quake.
It pushed an earlier quake in El Salvador off the front pages and effectively out of the news.
In this sense, the story of how Kobe responded (and continues to respond) to the quake is about much more than a city righting itself after a natural disaster.
We're pleased to be working with Nerve and Z-Axis to bring the highly-anticipated gameplay from Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars to the Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 system," said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software.
A repeat of the 1906 quake would be as devastating to the Bay Area as Hurricane Katrina was to New Orleans.
The waves can travel hundreds of miles before hitting the coast of Southern California, as was the case during Chile's 1960 earthquake and Anchorage's 1964 quake.