This sentence can be easily solved if we look at the not underlined part.
Because the Earth's crust is more solid there (where?)
and thus better able to transmit shock waves, an earthquake of a given magnitude typically devastates an area 100 times greater in the eastern United States
than it does in the West.
Because the first part introduces a "place" using "where", the part after the comma must complete this construct.
Only D and E remains.
(D) in the eastern United States will typically devastate an area 100 times greater than will a quake of comparable magnitude occurring in the WestCORRECT
(E) that occurs in the eastern United States will typically devastate 100 times more area than if it occurred with comparable magnitude in the West
"100 times more area" is wrong, and this option is wordy and unclear compared to D.
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