“And the City of Zarahemla Did Take Fire”

Bryan Richards

Hugh Nibley

"It would appear from the account of the Nephite disaster that the main cause of the destruction was fire in the cities (3 Nephi 9:8-11), which agrees with all the major statistics through the centuries; for 'earthquakes are largely a city problem,' mainly because the first heavy shock invariably sets fires all over town: in the Japanese experience 'wind-driven flames were shown to be more dangerous than the greatest earthquake.'" (Since Cumorah, p. 233)