when will the big one hit California?

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  1. Maximagq

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    Growing up in So Cal and hearing stories of "The Big One", I'm honestly hella scared of the possibility of a magnitude 8+ quake. How are you guys preparing your homes for this inevitable natural disaster? My family feels hella unprepared for a hella big earthquake.
     
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  2. norbac

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    Hella soon probs.
     
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    The news report said that aftershock could hella reverberate through So Cal region from the 6.0 Napa quake. That's why I'm hella worried about the safety of the residents of God's Country (Cali).
     
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    I'm hella worried about feeling it here in Seattle
     
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    #westCoastProblems
    That hella Ring of Fire region.
     
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    I'm hella worried for my gramps as well--now that you've mentioned it. Perhaps I should suggest they (in SF) get a long long vacation in Hawaii until all hell breaks lose.:-|
     
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    well worth it :)
     
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    Hella if I know, but - when/if it does - you should get the hella out Dodge.
     
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  9. Maximagq

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    Earthquakes are hella dangerous my friends. Southern California in particular has not had a hella major earthquake in about 150 years IIRC. The Big One will be hella devastating.
     
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    You should hella take get transcripts and head to Harvard immediately, yeah?:) A minimum of 86 should suffice?
     
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    Harvard is hella too difficult for me to get in. I applied in HS and didn't get in..... sigh :(
     
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    I'm sure LeeD will be there in his board shorts for the biggest and tallest waves (after the aftershocks)!;)
     
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    Haha I see what you did there :) That was pretty hella good :D That Napa earthquake is scaring me though.
     
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    Napa quake was minor.
    You live thru life, you face a few much more harrowing situations.
    That's why you live your life for today, not for 20 years from now when the rewards should reap benefits, but you still worrry about making it there.
     
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    Haha, in So Cal, anytime someone shakes the table, everyone gets goose bumps. BTW, I find it interesting that you don't use the word "hella" a lot LeeD. Isn't that the most distinct characteristic of the "Nor Cal" dialect?
     
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    LeeD has hella nothing to worry because he's lived a full life already at the tender age of three scores and five years!:)
     
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    I admit that must be "The Good Life" like the One Republic song. I'm hella jealous in that regard!
     
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    It's hella hedge!:-|
     
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    Didn't the Japanese government deploy giant robots into the Pacific Rim to address this problem?
     
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    Perhaps these guys know how to prepare ? Hope it can be of help.

    http://geohaz.org/
     
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    Too much Taylor Swift can be detrimental to one's mental state.
     
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    :lol: She is EXTREMELY good looking though...
     
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    I'm sure the guy from UC Berkeley had a good life throughout his adult life!
     
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    Fred Sanford is still waiting for "the big one" too. Wonder which one will happen first?
     
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    If I remember correctly, I have a Earthquake retrofit site link on my other computer. I'll post it later so you can get to work re-engineering your home. http://www.abag.ca.gov/bayarea/eqmaps/fixit/training.html

    Inevitable is right.

    Everyone else can fill-in "tornadoes," "flooding," "ice/snow storms," "hurricanes" and/or "drought."

    Personally, I'll be taking "flooding," "ice/snow," and "hurricanes" for the loss.
     
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    And the related tsunamis.
     
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    I've prepared for it by living in New Jersey. The ground only shakes here when the Governor goes for a jog.
     
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    Supposedly, there's a deep 24,000 marine trench just NE of PuertoRico, which means unstable ground below the sea floor.
    An earthquake of major proportions there would cause a catastrophic tsunami heading towards ....New Jersey. And the flat topography of New Jersey would enhance the destruction from the water flow. Several earthquakes measuring in the 3's to 5's have been hitting Puerto Rico for the past few weeks.
    At least in California, there's enough coastal mountains to contain the tsunami's to just the coast areas.
     
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    Careful when speaking of your governor.

    Imagine what might happen if he freezes the George Washington Bridge AND goes for a jog.

    BTW didn't he undergo a gastric bypass some time ago? He must have lost a ton of weight by now.
     
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    Those giant robots didn't get past Godzilla.
     
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    "It's my way, or I'll shut down your highway!" -Chris Christie as per Stephen Colbert
     
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    Why does all those people stay there knowing the Big is coming soon ?
     
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    It is the same mental error that causes TT members to argue over who is the true GOAT (whomever that may be :???:).
     
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    There have been more rumblings in Wisconsin but that may be down to the brats
     
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    Basic risk management and probability.

    For example, the number of people who will die in the "big one" is very small compared to the risk of heart disease. It's not California that will kill you, it's the frequent dining at McDonalds that just happen to be located in California.
     
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    In the fall of 1973 during my senior year, I went to Calgary with the rest of the seniors in Geophysical Engineering at my school to attend the annual convention of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. When you got tired of the main floor exhibits and the various talks being given, you could watch geophysics-related movies (I know - sounds really exciting doesn't it) in one of the auditoriums. One of the movies they were showing was "San Francisco: The city that waits to die". As you left the auditorium there was a sign: "Join us next year in San Francisco".
     
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    More rumblings in Wyoming, I think...potentially from the fracking.
     
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    Not inconceivable. In the 60s and 70s Denver experienced a series of not too strong earthquakes, say 5.0 or less. A geologist hypothesized that the cause was the pumping of chemicals into deep rock layers at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal northeast of town.
    The governor asked a number of scientists if this could be the cause, and one of my professors said he'd need some equipment to gather data and make the determination. The governor told him to come up with a budget, which he did, but decided that it was too expensive and there was no way that the state would spend that kind of money, so he multiplied the total by pi, figuring what the heck.
    The state wrote the school a check the next day, and the school ended up with a lot of extra equipment. And, the prof was able to show that there was a very high likelihood that the pumping was the cause of the quakes. The pumping was halted, and the quakes stopped happening.
     
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    If/when a 1906 type quake hits the SF Bay Area, it will be ugly. The area is very overpopulated and dependent on bridges and roads that will not survive a major quake (nor will water mains, gas mains, the electrical grid, etc.) Also, the vast majority of home owners have no earthquake insurance. The costs will be enormous.

    It could hit any moment, it is only a matter of time.
     
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    As bad as an 8.0+ earthquake would be for California, it would pale in comparison to the effects of the next great flood to hit the region. The last great flood hit in 1862 and similar floods are estimated to have occurred throughout California's history every 200 years or so, which is about as often as massive earthquakes hit the region. And yet, no one talks about the risk of a massive flood...

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/a...megaflood-lessons-from-forgotten-catastrophe/
     
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    Great! Something else to look forward to with fear.

    We are in the middle of a bad drought right now. Some rain would be great this rainy season but 1861-62 amounts of rain would be a disaster.

    When I first moved out here, I was amazed how what I considered a modest amount of rain completely turned the place upside down (flooded roads, etc.)
    It would not have phased people in other parts of the country. Very poor planning by the people in charge IMHO.
     
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    Moderate rains after a drought can be catastrophic, causing severe flooding.
    Just like droughts after heavy rains can be catastrophic, causing fires.
    Decision to dump water during rainy seasons can be stupid decisions.
    Big one? Hey, you can walk across the street and get run over by a car, or drive to work and get T boned by a truck.
    You pays your money and you take your chances.
     
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    As long as leeD is around, the Big One will not dare to come close.
     
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    If plates keep on strainin', Led Zepi gonna quake.
     
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    Well, we're all ants in the overall scheme of things, aren't we? Just actors upon a stage, nothing real or important in the long run.
    While we think ourselves important, unique, and historic, we will all soon be completely forgotten and buried, as the next generation takes it's rightful place....standing atop our graves.
     
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    Wow. Much nihilism. Such Nietzsche. So amaze.
     
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    But the next generation doesnt feel like they can improve or better what we have had and have had of the world pleasures and wealth..
     
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