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The seismograph of the 6.9 earthquake that hit central Philippines is seen on a computer monitor shown during a press conference in Manila on February 6, 2012. A 6.8 earthquake struck off the coast of the central Philippines on February 6, killing at least one person and causing panic in cities where buildings shook, authorities said.  (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

Earthquake Experts Open Reddit AMA To Answer Questions About ‘The Big One’

Three earthquake experts from the Pacific Northwest participated in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) thread, and hopefully their answers helped to quell some fears. But make no mistake — they stressed a seismic event of this magnitude would be highly destructive.

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Damaged building from the Japanese earthquake last year. (Photo Credit: Kiyoshi Ota / Getty Images)

Seattle Preparing For Killer Quake

As Japan rebuilds, American scientists are examining the data from the disaster and found some parallels close to home. For the Pacific Northwest, the question isn’t if a giant earthquake could happen, but when.