Saturday, August 11, 2007

So Cal to Suffer Thousands of Deaths in Next Big Quake

If you live in Southern California, a USGS seismologist says that a huge quake is far overdue:

"There will be several thousand dead and billions of dollars in damage," said Lucy Jones, a seismologist at the U.S. Geological Survey and a member of the California Seismic Safety Commission. She also said a devastating quake could topple buildings as far away as Los Angeles...

Historically, major temblors have struck the Coachella Valley every 150 years, on average, but for reasons no one can explain, it's been quiet for 300 years.

"Whatever it is that makes for a long interval is happening now, and we know that long interval can't last forever," Jones said. "This is an overdue fault."

Another reminder that you should be stocked up on water, non-perishable foods, radio, sleeping bags and all those other things that Glenn always recommends.

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