Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On

Here we have hurricanes and we know when they will hit but California has earthquakes and few know for sure when they will pop up and shake the crap out of the state.

There is a small one almost everyday in California and in the past have had some butt busting ‘quakes and many seem to think that a really big one is not far off……

It’s the most well-known US fault, but the San Andreas Fault’s southern section hasn’t been behind a major earthquake since a 7.9-magnitude temblor in 1857—and that’s got Thomas Jordan worried, the Los Angeles Times reports. “The springs on the San Andreas system have been wound very, very tight,” Jordan, the director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, told Wednesday’s National Earthquake Conference. “And the southern San Andreas fault, in particular, looks like it’s locked, loaded, and ready to go.” The area (which includes Los Angeles on its periphery) is due for a major quake, Jordan says, adding it’s imperative Southern California continue to prepare, following the example of LA in pushing quake retrofits for buildings, as well as protecting telecommunications and water systems. “An earthquake on the San Andreas would really affect all of Southern California,” said Jordan’s SCEC colleague, Mark Benthien, per CBS Los Angeles.

In tectonics-speak, the San Andreas Fault—which Curbed Los Angeles calls a “ticking … time bomb”—is where the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate meet, and the Pacific Plate is shifting northwest of the North American one at a rate of 16 feet or so every century, ScienceAlert notes. That’s a lot of tension that needs to be released, which would be devastating: A 2008 USGS study found a 7.8-magnitude quake on the San Andreas Fault’s southern portion could cause 1,800 fatalities, 50,000 injuries, and $200 billion in damage. Other parts of the fault have also remained dormant even longer, including in San Bernardino County (no major shakeup since 1812) and near the Salton Sea, more or less steady since the late 1600s. “We are fortunate that seismic activity in California has been relatively low over the past century,” Jordan said last year. “But we know that tectonic forces are continually tightening the springs … making big quakes inevitable.”

Buy some desert land in western Arizona…..for one day it will be beachfront property…

8 thoughts on “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On

  1. I seem to recall they had some earthquakes out on the Great Plains back in the mid-nineteenth century. I read an article many years ago where people in Colorado, and other places throughout the midwest, saw waves of force rolling across the Plains, as viewed from the hills… Quakes can happen anywhere on Earth, ultimately; we just happen to get more of them here, as we’re on the periphery of the Great Ring of Fire around the Pacific Ocean, with volcanic and tectonic action around the entire area….

    Ain’t nowhere to hide, really, from one thing or another, and the rest of California is just too beautiful to leave…. for long, anyway….

    gigoid

      1. If I went anywhere but north, that would be the place. I love the desert; used to visit an uncle who lived in Tempe every summer to get a blast of the heat…. But, the northwestern forests are my heart’s home, in the redwoods….much of which is way north of the main quake faults. Right now, I live right on top of 3 or 4 of them, including the San Andreas’s northern reach. If & when bad times come, I’m heading for the deep forest/mountains, I think.

        Like I said before, there’s tough times wherever you are… as Katrina showed, and as typhoons show every year…It’s always been a dangerous planet……and, as I’ve also noted, it’s only going to get worse, thanks to us….

        gigoid

      2. I was in the path of Katrina….it lasted 14 hours 37 minutes….a typical hurricane is about 5-6 hours tops….it kicked our ass….hard. chuq

      3. I believe it… and, the aftermath wasn’t any fun, either, from what I heard…. Hard to believe it was 10 years ago now… time brings changes, whether we wish them or not, I suppose….

        Have a good one, my friend…

        Ned

  2. Lordy I’ve heard that advice since i was a child….and yah know, it is probably solid gold. I live RIGHT ON TOP of the San Andreas Fault but then so does a good portion of CA. I think we’ll become an island and you’ll be able to boat across to us from you AZ beach front property. What will happen to NV i’m not sure but i think CA will somehow come out of it. Of course you know i’m such a positive person. dru

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