Hey, I wrote the exact same article a while ago! But these guys are a newspaper and much smarter than me!
This guy is so good that he also writes a blog on what he writes.
In a nutshell, there are enough big cities on an earthquake zone (like Toronto!) that you'll probably have a big disaster every 10 years or so. Each vulnerable city hasn't had anything in the last 250 years, so they go La la la (just like Toronto!). Do we continue to do nothing, or do we tighten up for the rare earthquake?