Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Orange County Register Predicts Earthquake

The Orange County Register, which is rapidly becoming the news source of choice for greater Orange County, supplanting the Los Angeles Times, had a front page story today entitles, "THE NEXT BIG QUAKE", and included a photo of the San Andreas Fault to get your attention. It got mine.

Here's the link to their story, with the byline of Gary Robbins, their "Science Dude", that predicts a large earthquake - 6.7 on the Richter Scale or stronger - within the next 30 years. Once there you will find other articles, one about Tsunamis, for example, that will also get your attention.

Those of you who have read this blog for some time know that this is the second generation of A Bubbling Cauldron. The first, using what I referred to as a bargain basement blogging tool, was abandoned eighteen months ago. However, occasionally I'll provide a link to a specific segment to illustrate a contemporary point. This is one of those times.

A few years ago, following Hurricane Katrina, I wrote an essay entitled, "The Big One - Fiction or Prediction?", in which I presented a scenario in which the Newport-Inglewood Fault ruptured. You can read that essay by simply clicking on the title.

It's never too soon to make preparations for a cataclysmic event. Earthquake preparedness kits for your homes and automobiles are essential parts of that preparedness. Now's the time - make plans for the safety and security of your loved ones when The Big One hits.

A quick Google search will turn up many sites to help you begin your preparations. Here are a couple to get you started:

Los Angeles Fire Department Earthquake Preparedness Handbook (pdf)

The disastercenter.com preparedness list

The precautions outlined in those two sites and many others are simple, straightforward and easily followed. Don't delay.

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Blogger Norma said...

We had a little earthquake yesterday--rare for Ohio. But the one predicted for your area? To predict a major earthquake in the next 30 years: well, I think I could have done that one.

4/19/2008 02:38:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Yep, Norma, you're correct. Out here we sometimes wear our "shakiness" as almost a badge of honor. We have some of the best scientists in the business living here in the LA Basin, with mountains of data from previous quakes but no one has yet figured out a way to predict an event with much accuracy. We perpetually worry about THE BIG ONE, which could occur on our San Andreas Fault or any of a dozen other fault lines running through are region. By the way, I like your blogs. I guess they answer the question, "What does a librarian do when she has too much time on her hands?" :-)

4/20/2008 10:49:00 AM  

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