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Los Angeles’ likelihood of surviving a Nepal-size earthquake




Residents look at collapsed houses in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 27, 2015, two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a
Residents look at collapsed houses in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 27, 2015, two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on April 27 after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a "massive" aid operation.
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Nepal is in crisis after Saturday's 7.8 earthquake devastated the countryside and its capital of Kathmandu.

The official death toll is more than 4,000, but it's expected to go far higher.  There have been around a hundred quakes and aftershocks. The largest hit yesterday and registered 6.7. The quake was felt in India, Tibet, and triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest. The tragic news came a week after seismologists from all the world met at the annual meeting of the 2015 Seismological Society of America in Pasadena, where a couple of big earthquake studies with implications for Southern California were presented.

One of them, led by USC earth science professor James Dolan, looks at how big seismic events could trigger other sizable earthquakes in Southern California. The other study is one released by the U.S. Geological Survey linking gas and oil drilling to increased earthquake activities in a number of states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas.  

Guests:

James Dolan, Professor of Earth Sciences at USC. He is the lead author of a study that finds that a large-scale earthquake on the San Andreas can lead to other sizable quakes

Justin Rubinstein, Research Geophysicist at the US Geological Survey and a co-author of a study looking at the relationship between oil and gas drilling and increased seismic activities