SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE REALITIES
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Lack of preparation for massive earthquake could bring catastrophe, report says
Los Angeles Times, June 23, 2016
Southern California’s smaller cities and large businesses must take the threat of a crippling earthquake far more seriously than they have been, a committee of business, public policy and utility leaders said Thursday, saying action is needed to “prevent the inevitable disaster from becoming a catastrophe.”
Despite strides made by the city of Los Angeles to focus on earthquake safety, Southern California still faces significant threats that haven’t been resolved.
One of the most ominous is the looming threat on the edge of Southern California’s sprawling metropolis — the Cajon Pass. It’s a narrow mountain pass where the San Andreas fault — California’s longest and one of its most dangerous — intersects with combustible natural gas and petroleum pipelines, electrical transmission lines, train tracks and Interstate 15 north of San Bernardino.
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June 23 2016 LA Times - Lack of preparation for massive earthquake
Earthquake Country Alliance
The Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA) is a public-private partnership of people, organizations, and regional alliances that work together to improve preparedness, mitigation and resiliency. ECA provides information and resources to help everyone who lives, works, or travels in earthquake country get prepared to survive and recover quickly, by following the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety. The links are very helpful, as well as this FEMA video: When the Earth Shakes by FEMA
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
The USGS Earthquake Hazards Program is part of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), established by Congress in 1977. We monitor and report earthquakes, assess earthquake impacts and hazards, and research the causes and effects of earthquakes. The USGS is a great information source. USGS Homepage...
Facts, Fiction, & Friction: The Threat of Earthquakes in the U.S
March 30, 2016 "Larry King Now" Interview With Lucy Jones
“We are absolutely at risk. Plate tectonics goes on here in California. We are sitting on a plate boundary. We have to have an earthquake the size of Northridge every decade or so on average....People are afraid of dying by the earthquake, but you should really be more afraid of being bankrupted by the earthquake. Eighteen hundred dead but 213 billion dollars in losses was our estimate when we worked it all out for this. 300,000 buildings lose more than ten percent their value.”
Website highlights here Larry King Now March 30, 2016 or enjoy the entire Interview (28 minutes) here.
"Meet Lucy Jones, the Earthquake Lady" Smithsonian, Feb 2012
San Andreas fault 'locked, loaded and ready to roll' with big earthquake, expert says....
The San Andreas fault is one of California’s most dangerous, and is the state’s longest fault. Yet for Southern California, the last big earthquake to strike the southern San Andreas was in 1857, when a magnitude 7.9 earthquake ruptured an astonishing 185 miles between Monterey County and the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles. It has been quiet since then — too quiet, said Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center. Full Los Angeles Times May 4, 2016 Article Here
California quake warning system could start sending public alerts by 2018
Los Angeles Times, May 16, 2016
In a major reversal, Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking state funds for a fledgling earthquake early warning system for California, which would allow for a limited rollout of alerts by 2018.
A limited rollout of the system in two years would mean that places such as classrooms, offices, shopping malls, amusement parks and police and fire stations could have ready access to alerts that would give seconds, and perhaps more than a minute, of warning before strong shaking comes in a big earthquake. LA Times graphic of how the system works.
Link to the LA Times Article May 16, 2016 LA Times PDF