Collisional margins, where continental crust meets continental crust, can also have earthquakes as a result of the pressures generated by collision.
Building design - Buildings can be designed to withstand the shaking of the earth and to limit the loss of life and damage caused. History has taught us the importance of building codes to create safer buildings.
Other quakes can occur far from faults zones when plates are stretched or squeezed.
The treat of fires will also increase as emergency crews have a hard time maneuvering through the debris. The focus is the point inside the Earth's crust where the pressure is released.
Celebi, US Geological Survey.
The strength of the shock waves diminish with distance from the focus.