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OMG Earthquakes!

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.

Earthquake Alert!

Stop all trains. Shut down and open all elevators at the nearest floor. Halt all construction. Power down all utilities. Seek immediate cover. An earthquake will occur in the Los Angeles area in the next 45 seconds…

San Francisco was the city at the epicenter of seismology’s attention Monday at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. 15,000 geophysicists from around the world were in attendance. So, it’s sorta social. Demented and sad, but, social.

Researchers are testing three different early warning methods for speed and accuracy, and hope to develop a system that can send out an earthquake warning within 5 SECONDS.

Okay, SF. Now you have our attention…

Photo of 1906 San Francisco from farlane’s photostream
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Whole lotta shakin going on… first I thought it was my cat gnawing on itself.

Nope, just a 4.2 earthquake from the Wrightwood area, about 45 miles from the center of Los Angeles at 1:53am.

Which explains why the bed kept shaking even after I kicked her off.

USGS raw data.

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If you’re keeping score, here is a quick rundown of other earthquakes we were up to blog about this year – trust me, this is engaging reading:

January 29th, ~3:40pm, 2.7 from the Northridge area.

August 9th, 12:58am, 4.5 from the Chatsworth area.

August 16th, 12:23am, 3.5 from the Chatsworth area.

September 2nd, ~10:30am, 4.7 from Lake Elsinore.