Just caught the beginning of this and as time goes by the death toll is rising. Started with 7500 deaths and is now at 8500. Let us take this as a wake up call for those of us that live in the northwest. Yes it has and can happen again here. With the population growth here it will be worse the next time around. I'm personally using this opportunity to make a few upgrades to my place by adding some structural supports where I can. I'm trying to do this without a major remodel by using the California codes as a guide. It seems they are still a bit stricter than our own here. As I figure it it's just a matter of time before the next big one hits.
Sad day for China