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Posted: 10/24/2004 3:21:00 AM EST


NIIGATA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 24: A mud and rock slide on a mountainside is seen on October 24, 2004 in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. A series of powerful earthquakes damaged northern Japan Saturday evening reportedly causing 16 deaths and 900 injuries. The initial quake hit with an approximate magnitude of 6.8. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)




OJIYA, JAPAN: An overturned car lies on a collapsed road after the 23 October powerful earthquake in Ojiya, Niigata Prefecture, 24 October 2004. A series of powerful earthquakes in central Japan, including an initial tremor measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, left 20 people dead or missing and injured 1,000 others, officials and news reports said 24 October. AFP PHOTO/JIJI PRESS (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)




NAGAOKA, JAPAN: An aerial view shows a derailed Shinkansen bullet train following the 23 October powerful earthquake in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, 24 October 2004. A series of powerful earthquakes in central Japan, including an initial tremor measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, left 20 people dead or missing and injured 1,000 others, officials and news reports said 24 October 2004. AFP PHOTO/JIJI PRESS (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)




NAGAOKA, JAPAN: People walk on the side of a road damaged by a strong earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale in Tochio, central Japan, 23 October 2004. A strong earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale and a series of aftershocks rocked central Japan 23 October, killing at least ten people including four children. AFP PHOTO/JIJI PRESS (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 3:49:26 AM EST
Does Japan and California share a techtonic plate?

Link Posted: 10/24/2004 3:58:21 AM EST

Originally Posted By Sin_Bin:
Does Japan and California share a techtonic plate?




Yes. We're part of the "ring of fire" that encircles the Pacific Ocean.

www.crystalinks.com/rof.html
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 4:11:42 AM EST

Originally Posted By Airwolf:

Originally Posted By Sin_Bin:
Does Japan and California share a techtonic plate?




Yes. We're part of the "ring of fire" that encircles the Pacific Ocean.

www.crystalinks.com/rof.html



I did not know that!



Link Posted: 10/24/2004 4:22:01 AM EST
The scary part is that the Japanese build everything to extremely earthquake tough building standards and still sustain huge damages in an earthquake. That has scary implications for a place like the US where our building codes are not nearly so tough.
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