California’s ‘Other’ Drought: A Major Earthquake Is Overdue
by Tyler Durden
Wed, 01/31/2018 – 21:55
Authored by Richard Aster via TheConversation.com
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California earthquakes are a geologic inevitability. The state straddles the North American and Pacific tectonic plates and is crisscrossed by the San Andreas and other active fault systems. The magnitude 7.9 earthquake that struck off Alaska’s Kodiak Island on Jan. 23, 2018 was just the latest reminder of major seismic activity along the Pacific Rim.
Tragic quakes that occurred in 2017 near the Iran-Iraq border and in central Mexico, with magnitudes of 7.3 and 7.1, respectively, are well within the range of earthquake sizes that have a high likelihood of occurring in highly populated parts of California during the next few decades.
The earthquake situation in California is actually more dire than people who aren’t seismologists like myself may realize.Although many Californians can recount experiencing an earthquake, most have never personally experienced a strong one. For major events, with magnitudes of 7 or greater, California is actually in an earthquake drought. Multiple segments of the expansive San Andreas Fault system are now sufficiently stressed to produce large and damaging events.
The good news is that earthquake readiness is part of the state’s culture, and earthquake science is advancing – including much improved simulations of large quake effects and development of an early warning system for the Pacific coast.
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Clearly, if you’re in Pepuls Republik of Kaliforkneeah, then you better have you’re act together — BIG TIME!
But, what is to say that it’s just California? When the stuff hits the fan, what makes us think that it would have widespread physical, economic, and financial effects.
Think about the impact physically. Trivially, I guess there will be a huge increase in the price of avocados. Seriously, the death toll will be enormous; the injuries will be numerous.
The US, and the world, economy will be disrupted. It’s unimaginable.
Financially, it’s going to be disastrous. The stock market will crash. And, the supply lines will be stretched and drained. Think about the hurricanes and their impact.
Best, that EVERYONE start preparing.
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