Which is why the Earthquake over a year ago is so heartbraking. At magnitude 6, it wasn't that strong by California standards, but context is everything. The epicenter was shallow (3 miles) and right under the city. The city is built on a flat coastal plane that is mostly sediment, so liquifaction was a large problem too.
The people here are actively rebuilding their city, but it's still a work in progress, with most of the down-town and historic core closed off and in ruins. I attached a few photos.
|City Library (I think)|
|Poorly hidden UFO- probably responsible for most of the damage|
|Church near my hotel|