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Old 07-25-2012, 02:25 PM
 
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People operating vehicles and not paying attention are infinitely scarier and more dangerous every day than earthquakes.
They're also scarier and more dangerous than root canals, but I still try to take precautions against those.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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They're also scarier and more dangerous than root canals, but I still try to take precautions against those.
Well that's just it - take precautions for earthquakes, and relax. None of the paralyzing fear so many outside observers seem to expect needs to be realized.
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:13 PM
 
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I know these answers are highly unsatidfying to many, but you live with the knowledge that a destructive earthquake could happen, but that is something you know, just as you know you could be involved in a serious auto accident through no fault of your own. There is literally nothing you can do other than generic precautions...and most buildings are safe, so people really don't have a reason to be overly dramatic or scared. It is a regional risk factor and isn't anything that a normal person would be scared about on a day to day basis.
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:14 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I don't think about it at all. It's out of our hands. It's like driving down the road in Iraq, sure there's a real good chance I'll get blown up and either killed or maimed. But so what, there were more trucks than bombs Same applies in CA, it's such a lage area to pinpoint exactly where. My only hope is that the bulk of the quake is in the desert areas. Like the Hector Mine quake. It was a 7.1 and I slept through it lol
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:18 PM
 
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I have a much greater chance of getting hit by a bus or getting impaled by a low flying duck than I do of every dying in an earthquake so I wonder when one will hit but I do not worry about it.
I think living in the aftermath of a quake is a lot worse than dying. If we ever get a quake like the ones they've gotten in Chile or Japan over the last few years, the aftermath will last for at least a decade.
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:03 PM
 
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I think living in the aftermath of a quake is a lot worse than dying. If we ever get a quake like the ones they've gotten in Chile or Japan over the last few years, the aftermath will last for at least a decade.
There is no doubt it will be bad, but I think the resilience of LA will surprise people.
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:29 PM
 
Location: West Los Angeles
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This thread is going to jinx us.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:17 PM
 
Location: San Fernando Valley
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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.
Do you know what a 7.3 earthquake feels like from 100 miles away? I do. I can guess roughly how far an earthquake is based on the length of the waves.

Here is some important research to do. Do you know what affect the duration of a quake has on the Richter scale? Do you know if a 8.0 quake is better or worse if it lasts 1 minute compared to 10 minutes? I think there was a 8.0 quake in Alaska many years ago that lasted about 10 minutes. How deadly was it? How deadly would it have been if it was in a more populated area? The answers to those questions are ignored by the news media.

As for where the San Andreas is, if you take the Antelope Valley freeway from Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley) to Palmdale, you can see the very crooked lines in the rock that was cut out for the freeway where the San Andreas is. It is in the area just before Palmdale; I think a little before the lake.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:24 PM
 
Location: San Fernando Valley
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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.
Using that logic, those other communities would have gotten quakes after the Sylmar quake in 1971. If quakes are that predictable, then Simi Valley is next.
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