Originally Posted by pedro
Um, that's really not the lesson here, although obviously buildings are stronger in Southern California than in Haiti. The epicenter was out in the middle of no where.
This quake was larger than the 1994 Northridge quake which did a ton of damage.
It's just very fortunate that this didn't strike in a more populated area. I have friends that live in SD and they are none the less freaked out this evening.
My point is how peoples perception of a huge earth quake depends nothing on the size of the quake but how big they were told it was.