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Because the Earths crust is more solid there and thus better

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168. 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 the 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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 [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2007, 16:54
The word "there" refers to the eastern United States, hence to avoid a modifier error, and answer the question "where there?" we need to place "in the eastern United States" right after the earthquake. Hence, I go with D!
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2007, 21:28
We need to compare apples to apples

in D earth quake is compared to earth quake

In addition, modifier needs be close as in D
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2007, 01:53
OA is D
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