According to the first ever survey of giant earthquakes that are going to hit Los Angeles, knock over our bikes, and spill our coffee, we’re pretty fucked.
Southern Californians, get ready for higher home insurance. The US Geological Survey has just released its first ever statewide earthquake forecast for California, and the odds aren’t great.
The study finds a 99.7% chance that an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 or greater will hit California by 2037, while the probability of a quake of magnitude 7.5 or greater is 46%.
I’m sure our local newsdrones will go nuts with this one (at least until there’s a high speed chase) but speaking as someone who’s lived here for 35 years, I don’t see what the big deal is. We know we live in earthquake country, and it’s the price we pay for living in a city with such stellar management, championship sports teams, and world-class public transportation.
I’ve been here for every major earthquake since 1972, and though the Northridge earthquake in 1994 was one of the most terrifying events of my life, it was over in less than a minute and rather than spend every moment of my life since then worrying about it, I’ve just dulled the memories with sweet, sweet liquor.
Now that we know The Big One is coming — apparently before 2037 — make sure your home is as earthquake-proof as it can be, make sure you have at least a simple survival kit, know where your towel is and don’t panic.