Top 10 Cities Most Vulnerable to Earthquakes


The Top Ten

1 Manila, Philippines

Much of Manila is poorly constructed. Fire risk is always high, because candles are often used. Shanty houses would fall down like toy buildings. - ethanmeinster

2 Tehran, Iran

The city is in between several fault lines, and the ground is already too dangerous to build on. - ethanmeinster

3 San Francisco, California

The San Andreas Fault goes right under the city, putting it at ore risk than Los Angeles. Several faults branch off from the San Andreas, including the notorious Hayward fault. - ethanmeinster

This should totally be number 1. I was in the 1989 earthquake - SoloPotato

4 Istanbul, Turkey

A fault line 30 miles away from Istanbul can create a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. An example of a quake from this fault line is the 1999 Izmit Quake. - ethanmeinster

5 Mexico City, Mexico

The 1985 Earthquake killed thousands in the Mexico City area. The city, built on an island in Lake Texcoco, is very vulnerable to effects such as liquefaction. Plus, the 1985 quake took place over 200 miles from the city, so imagine if a larger and closer earthquake takes place. - ethanmeinster

6 Portland, Oregon Portland, Oregon Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Multnomah County. It is a major port in the Willamette Valley region of the Pacific Northwest, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.

The city lies close to the Cascadia Subduction Zone, which can produce 9.0 earthquakes. Coastal areas of the city would be at risk of a tsunami, leaving thousands of Portlanders with just minutes to evacuate. - ethanmeinster

7 St. Louis, Missouri

Although one might say that St. Louis is nowhere near the San Andreas Fault, there's actually a seismic zone called the New Madrid Fault. It caused a series of 7.0-8.0 quakes from 1811 to 1812. - ethanmeinster

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9 Los Angeles, California

A city built in such a position that a slight movement can make the entirety of it disappear forever. - PositronWildhawk

10 Taipei, Taiwan

The Contenders

11 Dhaka, Bangladesh
12 Delhi, India
13 Santiago, Chile
14 Lisbon, Portugal
15 Seattle, Washington Seattle, Washington Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States. It is the seat of King County, Washington.
16 Mumbai, India
17 Djibouti City, Djibouti
18 Focsani, Romania
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