Better buildings, military readiness
are among the reasons Taiwan toll is less than Turkey's.
Alex Salkever, Special to The Christian
Three major temblors in the space of
a little more than a month - in Turkey, Greece, and now Taiwan - are enough
to set millennium doomsayers crowing. And it's prompting some people to
wonder: Are we seeing a kind of global seismic chain reaction?
But the pace of big quake activity is
normal, scientists say. Sudden slippages of the earth's fractured and evermoving
crust trigger an average of 18 quakes of magnitude 7 or more each year.