All shook up: Take the earthquake intelligence quiz

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My first reaction was: "OK, what's the joke?"

A friend of mine forwarded to me a link to this earthquake intelligence quiz in an email, and I assumed that if started to take this quiz, there would be some joke to it. Maybe my computer would look it was shaking and terrify me. Maybe I'm a cynic, but that type of thing has happened to all of us.

Well, lo' and behold, it turned out to be a real quiz, part of some shared content at NWCN, North West Cable News, which, if you live in the Northwest, you're probably quite familiar with.


And since I had lived in earthquake-prone Los Angeles for five years during the 1990s, I was a bit cocky, certain that I could easily pass this quiz, and I so I took it, and I, um, flunked.

Not that I didn't get a few answers correct. But I had a failing grade, which makes me feel all the luckier I made it through the two earthquakes I've experienced. According to this quiz, after my last earthquake, my odds were pretty good that I should have been underneath a pile or rubble. Or that at the very least, I should have blown to bits or watched my home or car go up in flames (a lot of bad things can happen in the aftermath of a serious earthquake).

So if you live in an earthquake zone, and even if you don't, you might want to take the 10 question quiz and see how you do. Believe me, if you fail, you'll feel all shook up.

Geoff Williams is a business journalist and the author of C.C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race: The True Story of the 1928 Coast-to-Coast Run Across America (Rodale).
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