“Supercities” Vulnerable to Killer Quakes, Expert Warns

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: May 2, 2003   View Article

Unless protective measures are taken, once every century or so when the Earth trembles in a violent release of pent up tension, buildings will tumble, streets will buckle, and pipelines will snap, leaving upwards of a million people crushed beneath the debris.

That is the conclusion of Roger Bilham, a geological scientist at the University of Colorado at Boulder who studied the potential impact of earthquakes on the world’s rapidly expanding urban populations in the 21st century.

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