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Modeling An Earth-Shaking Event

“Earthquakes don’t kill people,” seismologist Arthur Rodgers says. “Buildings do.”

“There are casualties in earthquakes because buildings collapse, freeway sections collapse, and bridges go out,” says Rodgers, a member of an earthquake modeling team at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). In essence, “We are vulnerable to earthquake damage because we choose to build and live near places where earthquakes occur.”

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