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  •  The ground shakes once in awhile (0+ / 0-)

    no big deal, most of us just ignore it and go back to sleep.

    •  Yeah, until the shaking hits 8 on the Richter (1+ / 0-)
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      and the Cypress Freeway falls to the ground.

      Look, I survived the Mexico City quake and have experienced dozens more in several places -- including the Bay Area.  My first quake in Oakland was probably 3 on the Richter, and it felt almost like an orgasm.  But the Mexico quake broke 8, was followed by an equally powerful one the following day, and it brought the entire city to its knees.  Oh, yeah.  It also killed 25,000 people.

      Quakes are not a light and laughing matter.

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      by litho on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 06:17:49 PM PST

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      •  So I should move to Texas? (4+ / 0-)
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        mgoodm, jayden, mrsgoo, OhioNatureMom

        Should the people who live in the tornado belt all move? How about everyone along the gulf coast and Atlantic seaboard? There will be more hurricanes.

        There are no tornado's or hurricanes that are laughing matters. But how most people in this country think of earthquakes is. 99% of the earthquakes out here are harmless. The ground shakes a bit and we go back to sleep.

        I've lived in California most of my 51 years, there have been 2 or 3 memorable quakes in that time that actually caused damage and took many lives. In fact I just looked it up, in my lifetime there have been 203 deaths by earth quakes in California. Hurricane Katrina alone caused over 1800 deaths. The Jasper County tornado in 2011 killed 122 people, just that one tornado!

        I don't have exact numbers but we have probably lost more people to wild fires here in CA than we have earth quakes.

        Will an 8.0 quake kill 25,000 California's? No, it won't. Loma Prieta's 7.1 quake killed 63. Our building codes are a lot stronger than they are in Mexico City.

        Statistically speaking an 8.0 or bigger will hit, eventually, and no it will not be a laughing matter. But making a decision to not have your business in California because there are earthquakes is something to make fun of.

        •  This +100 (3+ / 0-)
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          The San Andreas is not Cascadia and it's going to cause mass casualties in Los Angeles, and probably not in San Francisco either (where the threat is undoubtedly higher).

          The last "war game" on the issue predicted that the "Big One" for Los Angeles might kill as many as 1,800 people and cause $200B in damage.  That's a Katrina number of deaths in a metro area with a population that is about 15 times as large.  I'll take those odds any day.

      •  Given the choice (1+ / 0-)
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        I'll take a quake over a tornado or hurricane anyday. A quake is usually done in less than a minute, and your stuff remains dry and isn't halfway to the next town.

        Of course, this assumes you survive whichever natural event is involved. Quakes are indeed no laughing matter, but neither are hurricanes or tornados.

        "I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat."--Will Rogers

        by vgranucci on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 09:13:21 PM PST

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