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Here's One Way Earthquake-Prone Cities Are Thinking Ahead

"Rival" ports across Puget Sound are using game-like simulations to plan their responses—before a big one hits.
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Authorities from Washington’s Puget Sound recently gathered around computers, witnessing simulations of how their local ports could be destroyed by an earthquake—and trying make sense of how they might respond in real time.

Large earthquakes and their effects—like tsunamis, floods, and landslides—cause untold damage to cities, while thousands of smaller tremors happen every day. In 2011, mostly because of Japan’s devastating Tōhoku earthquake, the world experienced its worst economic damage as a result of earthquakes.