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Old 06-08-2012, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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I'd never live in an area prone to tornadoes unless my house had a storm cellar nearby. Many tornadoes escape notice when they occur at night.
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:19 PM
 
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I lived in California and was in the 1971 Sylmar quake as well as the Tehahapi quake in 1952, but I was too small to remember that one. I now live in Texas and I can assure you that the ground shaking is less scary than the possibility of things flying in the air. I've never been in a tornado and have never seen one in nearly 34 years that I've lived here, but the threat of them is very scary. They can develop very quickly when the conditions are right. Even high winds can do much damage, rip roofs off houses, etc. The lightning is awful and can hit one's house and it'll go up in flames. I said I'd never live in Texas without a storm cellar, but I did from 1978 until 1997. After the Jarrell killer tornado hit the town (near Austin), that was it for me. I had one installed a few months later, one of the best investments I ever made.

Of course, a totally devastation earthquake like the one that hit San Francisco in the 1980s was very bad with freeways crashing down on cars, etc. Neither disaster is pleasant, but I'd still the the quakes over tornadoes.

SandyCo ... If people are aware of bad weather possibilities, tornadoes at night don't have any bearing on them being alert. The problem is that many people take them so lightly, think it can't happen, and then it does. For me, that is not the case. I respect the gosh-awful storms and won't sleep if the conditions are ripe for bad weather. When one retires for the night, the weathermen give much information of what MIGHT develop in the hours of darkness. I also have a weather alert and many times, I've set it to awaken me should bad weather be near me.

I realize one hasn't a clue when an earthquake will hit and at least get some idea about a potential tornado but still, I like that better than knowing Mack trucks might be flying through the air should one develop.
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Old 06-09-2012, 12:11 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I lived in California and was in the 1971 Sylmar quake as well as the Tehahapi quake in 1952, but I was too small to remember that one. I now live in Texas and I can assure you that the ground shaking is less scary than the possibility of things flying in the air.
This is my opinion too. I lived in Des Moines, Iowa for a while and there was a very bad night of thunderstorms, high winds and tornado warnings flashing on the TV. I was pretty nervous. I was in The City for Loma Prieta and it didn't scare me half as much - in spite of all the damage in certain areas of town (which I wasn't in).
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Old 06-09-2012, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Conejo Valley, CA
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In spite of the earthquake's strength, no dishes even fell out of the cabinets in the kitchen, because it was a rolling motion. Contrast that with the damage done in the Northridge earthquake in 1994. :
I didn't experience the Landers quake, but yeah...the Northridge quake was very forceful. I remember trying to get out of bed and it was impossible to stand-up, I just held onto my bed until it stopped. So much force....
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Old 07-15-2012, 12:23 PM
 
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I grew up in Thousand Oaks, California, experienced the 1970 Sylmar/San Fernando quake and the 1994 Northridge quake, and soon after that moved to Iowa (not related to the quake). With tornados at least you usually have some knowledge of the possibility ahead of time. At the same time, they have been much more frequent as of lately, so not sure which is worse. So far, never been affected by a tornado, knock on wood.
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:49 PM
 
Location: PHILIPPINES
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HI ,,,ONLY GOD KNOWS........Dont get your mind on too much worries about it NOTHING WILL HAPPEN TO YOU OR ANY MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY JUST PUT GOD IN THE CENTER OF YOUR LIFE AND THERES NOTHING TO AFRAID OF........
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:12 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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JUST PUT GOD IN THE CENTER OF YOUR LIFE AND THERES NOTHING TO AFRAID OF........
Well, ain't life so easy?

OTOH, anticipating and actually planning for the big event just might save yours and other persons' lives.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:02 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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HI ,,,ONLY GOD KNOWS........Dont get your mind on too much worries about it NOTHING WILL HAPPEN TO YOU OR ANY MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY JUST PUT GOD IN THE CENTER OF YOUR LIFE AND THERES NOTHING TO AFRAID OF........
Did you tell that to the 847 people who died because of the Mount Pinatubo eruption?
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:03 PM
 
Location: southern california
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no not earthquake, sunamie.
it will not level houses here it will level house prices here.
and san onofre nuke plant is sitting right on the coast across the street from camp pendleton.
is this what they call military intelligence?
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:57 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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i saw this interview of someone from usgs on youtube, and they were saying that because of the type of fault that san andreas is, the biggest quake that it could have produced is similar to, if not bigger than northridge, so i'm not that worried.
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