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The United States Geological Survey (USGS) estimates that Southern California has a 99.7% chance of experiencing a large, destructive earthquake in the next 30 years. 99.7%. The odds for central and northern California may be slightly less, but still hover around 97%. It’s hard to get more likely than that.
Geologists have identified many dozens of dangerous fault lines that are either new, or haven’t been active for many years. Many of these faults are capable of producing widespread damage if they rupture. And these are only the faults we know about. As an example, in 1994 when the Northridge Earthquake struck Los Angeles, killing at 57 people, and injuring another 8,700, it occurred on a fault scientists didn’t even know existed.
When the southern end of the region’s largest fault, the San Andreas, ruptures (and it is more than 160 years overdue for just such an “adjustment”) experts predict there will be over 1,700 fires in Southern California within minutes. If a 6.6 magnitude earthquake were to strike in a large city, there is concern the entire area would be destroyed by fire. When this happens, the fire department and other life saving agencies will be overwhelmed. They’ll have no choice but to respond to the largest, most crucial emergency calls, which means the vast majority of us will only have ourselves and each other to rely upon.
Dr. Lucy Jones, recently retired from the USGS, and many other experts, say many communities within the State of California aren’t ready for a major earthquake. As just one example, should a major quake strike the City of Los Angeles, it could:
Are you prepared in the event of a significant earthquake?
Do you have a minimum of three days of supplies?
Have you practiced what you’d do when a major earthquake occurs?
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