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Earthquakes: The forgotten weapon of mass destruction [Op-Art]

July 24, 2011 |  7:57 am

Quake

Deputy Design Director Wes Bausmith illustrated Claire Berlinski's Op-Ed about the politics of earthquakes, in which she argues the consequences of the world's biggest cities failing to prepare for the big one. She writes:

There is not a geologist alive who doubts that a major earthquake is likely to hit Istanbul soon. In 2000, the U.S. Geological Survey put the odds of it happening within 30 years at 62%. Erdik has estimated that it will kill 200,000 to 300,000 people. The cost of the cleanup -- $50 billion would be an optimistic estimate -- will surely set Turkey's economy back decades. It will be a political cataclysm, with massive ramifications for the entire region.

Read on for her solution.

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Illustration by Wes Bausmith / Los Angeles Times

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