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    Great read:

    [url=http://www.townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/ts20031230.shtml]http://www.townhall.com/columnists/thomass...s20031230.shtml[/url]

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    What a gross oversimplification!

    There's an important factor other than the Richter scale measurement that determines how deadly an earthquake will be, and that is the density of the population at its epicenter.

    The epicenter of the recent earthquake in California wasn't nearly in as densely a populated area like the earthquake in Iran was.

    That's the main reason why thankfully so few people were killed or injured in California. It had very little to do with wealth. What a stretch.

    That being said however, Mr. Sowell does make some good points about the awful scourge of poverty in the world. I'm not sure that was his intention though.

    As The Riverside Church's Reverand James Forbes has said so well "poverty is the ultimate weapon of mass destruction".

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    Tailgator:
    Youre half right. Of course population density plays a huge role, however so does the construction materials of the homes/buildings affected. Most of the Bam casualties occured from top heavy mud roofs collapsing and crushing its inhabitants.
    Had they had the technology and funds to build homes & buildings as we do, the casualty figures would be much less.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by sect112row36[/i]@Dec 30 2003, 04:35 PM
    [b] Tailgator:
    Youre half right. Of course population density plays a huge role, however so does the construction materials of the homes/buildings affected. Most of the Bam casualties occured from top heavy mud roofs collapsing and crushing its inhabitants.
    Had they had the technology and funds to build homes & buildings as we do, the casualty figures would be much less.

    [/b][/quote]
    Mr. Sowell was making a side by side direct comparison of the casualty figures of both disasters, and flatly declares that the difference was due to one word "wealth". That is a gross over simplification.

    San Simeon and Paso Robles, California have a combined population of about 20,000 people and they're very spread out. The population of Bam, Iran was about 80,000 people before the disaster, and they lived in a densely populated city. It's not even close!

    Mr. Sowell made a very flawed comparison of these earthquakes in a pathetic attempt to make a cheap right wing political point.

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