I saw this post about the earthquake devastation in D.C. which made me laugh.
At first, when I heard all the brouhaha, I rolled my eyes and said, "Oh, please, it's only a 5.8."
But, in retrospect, I doubt that East Coast building codes are up to California's standards when it comes to earthquake-proofing their structures. On the other hand, California, which has never recorded a hurricane, would do poorly in a storm of that magnitude. It just depends on what you're used to.