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Watch what a 6-magnitude earthquake does in China vs. the US

Joss Fong is a founding member of the Vox video team and a producer focused on science and tech. She holds a master's degree in science, health, and environmental reporting from NYU.

California's Bay Area experienced its strongest earthquake in decades this week, when a 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit Napa County. Over 100 people have been treated for injuries, but no deaths were reported. Earthquakes are much, much more deadly in other parts of the world. Earlier this month, a 6.1-magnitude earthquake killed hundreds in Southwestern China. The video above explains why.

Produced by Joss Fong and Joe Posner
Images courtesy of Getty, AFP, and China Foto Press