posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 07:58 AM
They should and the containment domes are pretty tough. However, one can never know. i was here for Loma Prietta and no one expected part of the bay
Bridge to go down. That one was a 6.9. A 9.0 would be 210 times greater. Do know what would be left standing at that point....
Date: October 17, 1989 at 05:04 PM local time)
Location: 37.040 -121.877
Depth: 16.79 km
Magnitude: 6.9 Mw, 7.1 Ms, 6.7 Ml
Faulting:This earthquake was the first major event to occur along the San Andreas fault zone since the 1906 earthquake. The Loma Prieta earthquake
ruptured the southernmost 40 km of the 1906 break, in comparable amounts of right-lateral strike slip and reverse slip motion. The average strike-slip
displacement was 1.2 meters while the average reverse-slip displacement was 1.6 meters. This type of motion is not typical of the San Andreas fault
and suggests that the earthquake occurred on a sub-parallel fault and not on the San Andreas itself. Consequently, the potential for a damaging
earthquake on the San Andreas in the Santa Cruz mountains may still exist.
Property Damage: $ 5,900,000,000. At the time, this was the most costly natural disaster in the United States.