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What depth of earthquake causes less damage?

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A deeper focus? A shallower focus?

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Deeper focus earthquakes generally cause less damage as seismic waves generated from the earthquakes have a greater distance to travel to reach the surface, losing energy on the way. This lost energy means that the earthquake's damage is overall less powerful than a shallow focus earthquake

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