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Seismic settings: know your faults

AT LEAST two thirds of the world's megacities - cities with present-day populations of 1.5M or more - are built in zones of high seismic activity. And according to Cambridge University reader in earth sciences Professor James Jackson it is not just megacities which tend to be sited in danger areas. Since recorded history began, people worldwide have chosen to live close to and on top of fault lines.

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