The East Coast’s 5.9 magnitude earthquake may seem small by California standards, but a Stanford geophysicist explains why a quake of that size can have a greater impact there than it might on the West Coast.
California’s two coastal nuclear power plants are built to withstand ground accelerations worse than those that ravaged Japan. But questions remain about how they would stand up to the unlikely tsunami.
Could it happen here? Stanford University expert says Bay Area earthquakes are unlikely to trigger deadly tsunamis. A quake along the San Andreas fault would cause a different type of motion than the Japan quake.