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Old 07-24-2012, 01:53 PM
 
Location: 130 Miles East of Sacramento, CA
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If a major quake was going to hit Southern California, I'd be more worried about San Bernadino and Palm Springs because they are Very Close to the fault. Los Angeles and San Diego would feel it. But, the largest quake occurred on the New Madrid Fault in Missouri.

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Old 07-24-2012, 01:57 PM
 
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It can produce up to a 7.8-8.0
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Old 07-24-2012, 03:35 PM
 
Location: San Fernando Valley
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Years ago, I saw a license plate that says something like "Afraid of a little earthquake? Good, go back home.".

What is the definition of "The Big One"? If it is movement along the big fault, the San Andreas, then it will not be the big one for most of Los Angeles since the San Andreas is so far from the City of Los Angeles. The Northridge quake is likely the biggest the San Fernando Valley will experience. It was about twenty years ago and the Sylmar quake was about twenty years before that. Based on that pattern, we are due for another like them.

Something that the news media does not explain is that the Richtor scale expresses the total amount of energy. An eight on the Richtor scale that lasts ten minutes would be tame compared to a six lasting half a minute. So the Richtor scale can be misleading; the length and distance of the quake are also relevant. Related to the distance is the depth. Some earthqukes are hundreds of milses beneath the surface, although rarely in California.

The Landers earthquake would have been very deadly and destructive if it had happened in a populated area.

There are rarely earthquakes in the east of the USA and because of that the building codes are not as strong. A strong earthquake in NY will be unimaginable in destruction; you do not want to imagine it.
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Old 07-24-2012, 03:44 PM
 
Location: San Fernando Valley
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Stats for what? You hear about crime everyday not massive earthquakes.
What crime has been as deadly and destructive as the Northridge earthquake?
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Old 07-24-2012, 03:49 PM
 
Location: San Fernando Valley
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I doubt I will ever experience a California-splitting earthquake.
Of course not. People that predict that are scientifically incompetent. I think it is more likely that Earth will be hit by a huge asteroid or meteorite or something like that.
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Old 07-24-2012, 04:10 PM
 
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Worried? Wouldn't go that far. But prepared, of course.

If your local FD offers CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) classes, go take them. Lots of great stuff, and some will even hand out a kit to graduates. If nothing else, ours had quite possibly the best First Aid/CPR lessons I've ever encountered.

CERT : Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

It's good stuff.
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Old 07-24-2012, 04:16 PM
 
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What is the definition of "The Big One"? If it is movement along the big fault, the San Andreas, then it will not be the big one for most of Los Angeles since the San Andreas is so far from the City of Los Angeles. The Northridge quake is likely the biggest the San Fernando Valley will experience. It was about twenty years ago and the Sylmar quake was about twenty years before that. Based on that pattern, we are due for another like them.
Sumatra Quake Shows California's "Big One" Could Be Bigger Than Thought Possible | NBC Southern California

Actually I have done my own research on this and the San Andreas runs right under Palm Springs and San Bernardino , BUT the energy from the quake will be pushed into Los Angeles and will travel in all directions all the way from Santa Barbara to San Diego and the Imperial Valley.

ASCR Discovery - Southern California earthquake simulation - YouTube
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:42 PM
 
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This is what the "big one" will be like


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Old 07-24-2012, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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The Northridge area is particularly prone within the LA area as it is close to the "Big Bend" where the north-south trending coast ranges take a turn and become the east-west transverse ranges.
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Northridge had its "Big One." The stress on the fault(s) most likely shifted to the north and northwest. Which means communities such as Santa Clarita, Newhall, Valencia, Fillmore, Ojai, etc are probably at more risk for a large quake than Northridge is.
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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People operating vehicles and not paying attention are infinitely scarier and more dangerous every day than earthquakes.
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