Magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Southern California

Thursday, November 13th, 2008
At 10:00 AM this morning, people all over California will be ducking, covering, and holding on to anything they can  to escape the devastation of a magnitude 7.8 earthquake. The Great Southern California Shakeout will be held November 13. It's designed as a wake-up call -- literally -- to get all Southern Californians ready for the Big One.

What the next So Cal Quake may look like

Geologists say it's not a matter of if, but when, the big one hits and this effort, in the planning stages for months, is hoping to put that awareness squarely on the minds of all residents.

The shakeout scenario what would happen if California were to get a jolt of 7.8 or stronger along the San Andreas fault. (To give you a mental and physical picture of what that would be like...geologists say that would be 5,000 times larger and stronger than the 5.4 quake that struck on July 29.)
Source: KNX1070

I live next to (on top of, really) the San Andreas fault line, so we are aware of the dangers of earthquakes. But, are we as a community as prepared as we need to be? I think not. I think many of us have this picture that the government will come to our rescue. I think we need to be prepared to be much more self-sufficient. Do you have an emergency preparedness kit in each car? For each member of your family? Do you know what to do when the ground starts moving?

ShakeOut Resources

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Magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Southern California

Having had our condo, and much of what was in it thrashed by the Northridge quake, I can only say that being on top of a big one is a completely different experience. It's far more violent and disorienting than you would ever expect, even if you've experienced earthquakes some distance from the epicenter. Preparedness is critical. No water, no electricity, no phones and shock of the event combine for a very unpleasant experience. Prepare now wherever you live.

Posted at 11/13/2008 11:41:18 by Dan Sickles

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