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Because the Earth's crust is more solid there 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.

(A) of a given magnitude typically devastates an area 100 times greater in the eastern United States than it does in the West
(B) of a given magnitude will typically devastate 100 times the area if it occurs in the eastern United States instead of the West
(C) will typically devastate 100 times the area in the eastern United States than one of comparable magnitude occurring in the West
(D) in the eastern United States will typically devastate an area 100 times greater than will a quake of comparable magnitude occurring in the West
(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
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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 West
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(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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CharuKapoor wrote:
Because the Earth's crust is more solid there 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.

(A) of a given magnitude typically devastates an area 100 times greater in the eastern United States than it does in the West -> after than expecting " in the west"

(B) of a given magnitude will typically devastate 100 times the area if it occurs in the eastern United States instead of the West meaning changed ; there is no comparision with the degree of devastation. rather simpley saying one area will be devasted 100 number of times

(C) will typically devastate 100 times the area in the eastern United States than one of comparable magnitude occurring in the West same issue as B

(D) in the eastern United States will typically devastate an area 100 times greater than will a quake of comparable magnitude occurring in the West

(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 the size is increased not the degree

Just a quick note: As we not talking about any particular area rather Areas in general usage of THE AREA is wrong ( B,C commit this error)
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23 May 2013, 20:57
+1 to Zarrolou , excellent explanation...

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01 Dec 2014, 02:50
Zarrolou wrote:
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 West
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(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.

Let me know if this helps

kudos to you. awesome explanation, completely forgot about the "where"
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