An elderly Japanese woman carries water past a home destroyed several days earlier on Jan. 17, 1995, by a powerful earthquake centered in Kobe, Japan. More than 6,000 people were killed and destruction was widespread, but the city was rapidly rebuilt. Lois Bernstein/AP hide caption

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(Left) Nepalese devotees participating in a procession of chariots of god and goddess Ganesh, Kumari and Bhairav during the last day of the Indrajatra festival at Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Sept. 22, 2013. (Right) The ruins on the Durbar Square after an earthquake in Kathmandu on Saturday. Sunil Sharma/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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A woman and child rest in the open outside a destroyed building Sunday, a day after a major earthquake leveled homes in Kumalpur village on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal. Nine people reportedly died in the small village, including four children. Narendrea Shrestha/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Austin Holland, research seismologist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey, gestures to a chart of Oklahoma earthquakes in June 2014 as he talks about recent earthquake activity at his offices at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. The state had three times as many earthquakes as California last year. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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The badly damaged Christchurch Cathedral is pictured on Sept. 7, 2011 during a tour given to foreign journalists visiting the city ahead of the rugby 2011 World Cup. England rugby manager Martin Johnson and several members of the playing squad visited the city to see the stadium and the city center which were damaged by an earthquake in February. Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A functioning oil rig sits in front of the capital building in Oklahoma City, Okla. The oil industry is an important employer in the state, but officials are concerned a technique used to dispose of wastewater from oil extraction is behind a surge in earthquakes here. Frank Morris/KCUR hide caption

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In a project called "Natural Frequencies," the bells in the Campanile on the University of California, Berkeley campus were recently programmed to play a score composed in real time by the seismic shifts taking place along the Hayward fault. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Rescuers carry an injured child on a stretcher after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the area in southwest China's Yunnan province. The quake reportedly collapsed thousands of buildings when it struck Sunday afternoon. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A giant eagle sculpture that was being used to promote The Hobbit film trilogy after a 6.3 quake caused it to fall from the ceiling of the Wellington Airport on Monday. Hagen Hopkins/AP hide caption

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It rose from the sea: The small island that appeared off the coast of Pakistan on Tuesday after an earthquake shook the region. Government of Pakistan/EPA/Landov hide caption

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A July photo shows houses that have emerged from Tangjiashan Barrier Lake in Xuanping Township, in southwest China's Sichuan Province. Liu Huawei /Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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