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Reuters: A Big Quake Will Devastate CA

From the gleeful sayers of doom at Reuters:

Special report: Big California quake likely to devastate state

By Peter Henderson Mon Mar 14, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California will experience unthinkable damage when the next powerful quake strikes, probably within 30 years, even though the state prides itself on being on the leading edge of earthquake science.

Modern skyscrapers built to the state’s now-rigorous building codes might ride out the big jolt that experts say is all but inevitable, but the surviving buildings will tower over a carpet of rubble from older structures that have collapsed.

Hot desert winds could fan fires that quakes inevitably cause, overwhelming fire departments, even as ancient water pipelines burst, engineers and architects say.

Part of the lesson from the disaster that hit Japan on Friday is that no amount of preparation can fully protect a region such as California that sits on top of fault lines.

While this may be true, Tokyo proper did not suffer all that much damage, and they were hit with relatively strong earthquakes.

Even so, critics fear the state may have long skimped on retrofitting older buildings

We can’t squander money on making buildings earthquake proof. That money has to go to making them ‘green.’

"The question is not if but when Southern California will be hit by a major earthquake — one so damaging that it will permanently change lives and livelihoods in the region," according to a 2008 study by the United States Geological Survey study.

It predicted 2,000 deaths and $200 billion in damage from a 7.8 southern California quake on the San Andreas Fault.

Geologists say a big earthquake in California would probably top out at a magnitude 8 as the state’s fault structures are different from Japan’s.

A quake of the 7.8 magnitude in the USGS study would have about 30 times less power than the one that struck Japan

A repeat of San Francisco’s 7.9 magnitude quake in 1906 could take up to about 900 lives, injure thousands and destroy 3,000 residential buildings, a recent report for the city found.

Even a smaller 7.2 quake would cause $30 billion in building damage, $10 billion more in additional costs — and if fires sweep the city, damage could rise by $4 billion, the report sponsored by the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection concluded. About 27,000 of the city’s 160,000 buildings would become unsafe to occupy…

Some of the fixes for such structures are relatively inexpensive, such as tying together tilt-up buildings, he said. So-called "soft story" apartment buildings with five units would cost $10,000 to $20,000 per apartment to fix…

So is Reuters suggesting that we should stop spending every red cent we have or can borrow on giveaways to buy votes for Democrat politicians? That there is a chance our country could face real emergencies that we should be prepared for?

What kind of irresponsible crazy talk is that?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Reuters: A Big Quake Will Devastate CA”

  1. bill says:

    Well who didn’t know global warming would kill California?

  2. tranquil.night says:

    Marxism will do far worse to the state in much less time. No need to even guess the chances. There’s no bigger disaster than our budget.

    I’ve been thinking though. Is it at all possible that the Japan quake has given any perspective to the thugs whining about their “right” to a certain lifestyle at others expense? Probably not, because Conservatives don’t look to tragedy for political capital.

  3. BillK says:

    Quite frankly, I don’t think people realize the sheer scale of destruction that will occur upon a really large quake in either Northern or Southern CA.

    Take for example, one company – Apple, Inc.

    For various reasons, they insist on having most of their engineers located at their Cupertino, CA headquarters.

    Think of how long it will take for them to deliver another product when (not “if”) a 8+ magnitude quake strikes the Bay Area. On any of the San Andreas, Hayward or Calaveras faults.

    You get the idea.


    • RabidAmerican says:

      Spoken as a Northern Californian…
      Woopie freaking doo!

      ..and THAT is a thoughtful response.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Yeah well, these bozos built the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant on
      the San Andreas Fault. My only hope is if the “BIG” one hits, is that Piglousi, Boxer and the following ilk is there!!
      Justice done, in my book! (what comes around…..)

  4. wardmama4 says:

    We can only hope! I just hope that Pelosi is in her home district when it hits. Given the 30 year window – chances are good both that she is at home and that she is still in Congress.

  5. bobdog says:

    Scientists will also shortly predict that the skies will rain frogs sometime in the next 30 years or so, too. Oh, and cell phones cause cancer, sleeping with your cat will kill you, polar bears are going extinct, Florida will be under water just about any time now, vaccinations will cause brain damage to your kids, artificial sweeteners cause cancer, and fluoride saps your precious bodily fluids.

    Reuters has to keep the scare on. Otherwise, you might start noticing some of the important crap. Like jobs, the economy, the healthcare debacle, our insane federal spending, the total failure of our border control system, the total meltdown of our housing market, runaway government regulations, our complete failure to develop our own energy sources, the failure of our taxation system, the Fed’s insane scheme to monetize our debt, and the absolute latest news about Charley Sheen.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    So now we have 3rd grade journalism being passed off as ‘news’.
    I shall forever call this, “Milk Money” news because children will pass this off as real news for cheap.

  7. canary says:

    Californians have cleaned out health care stores of potassium iodide. What year after 9/11 did this scare go around. I remember certain people with certain jobs were handed them out to have on hand.

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