I live in LA.
Seismic hazard exists pretty much everywhere. These maps show the expected peak ground acceleration for a 1 in 2500 year earthquake: USA, NZ. If you're in a place that's well known for its risk such as CA or NZ, and in a first world country, you're generally pretty safe because of appropriate building codes. What kills most people in earthquakes is either unreinforced masonry or pre 1990 concrete/steel buildings when engineers weren't aware of many of the concepts we are today. See recent earthquakes in Haiti, Pakistan etc.
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