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Essay about Difference Between Earthquakes in LEDCs and MEDCs

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Why are earthquake impacts different in LEDCs and MEDCs?

Any disaster either caused by humans or Mother Nature will make an impact but this depends where it hits. Obviously, if a disaster, or an earthquake in this case occurs somewhere densely populated rather an isolated area it will have a greater impact as life could be lost, buildings destroyed and as a result, high prices to pay.
We will be looking at the impacts of earthquakes in Lower Economically Developed Countries and More Economically Developed Countries, spotting the differences.

There are many earthquakes to study but we have chosen some of the most devastating ones that have occurs somewhere in the near past.

San Francisco
San Francisco, in 1985 one of Americas largest
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Some of the buildings in San Francisco are built on reclaimed and marshy land, which broke down or collapsed taking down the building with it when the actual earthquake happened.

Mexico City
Built on a dried up lake bed, Mexico City one of the worlds most densely populated cities with buildings tall but cheaply built was hit by an earthquake that wiped out nearly everything.
As modern as it was, Mexico City was hit by an earthquake reading 8.0 on the Richter scale and party of the city were almost completely destroyed and the death toll 18,000 and this wasn’t even the precise number.
Most of the buildings, schools, political buildings, statues, office buildings that were supposed to be earthquake proof, were all destroyed and after the incident and lay in pieces on the ground. It is calculated that approximately 400 buildings collapsed.
The earthquake was not predicted or people weren’t sure when and where exactly it would hit and so there was no warning except for what some people said, that they saw earthquake approaching as they saw waves like in the ocean on the dried up lake bed.
Just like San Francisco, many buildings were earthquake proof but the ones that weren’t simply took the others out.
In Mexico City where most of the population was poor, rescue teams and firefighters had not been summoned and organized. In fact, there were actually very little professional help, but there were many construction workers, employees
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