Saturday, November 5, 2011

earthquake california

  • Question:-How far could the next big California earthquake travel?
    So this is for my Earth Science class, but it's hard to find!So say if the next big California earthquake occured, do you think there'd be a lot of damage in the Central Valley(San Joaquin) region of California? Do you think it would at least be over a 5.0 in the region? (not world wide)

    Answer:-Across the entire
  • Question:-Will there be a giant Earthquake in Southern California on Thursday?
    I heard from the newspaper that a giant earthquake is gonna hit Southern California hard on thursday.
    But I've seen that there's a huge Southern California earthquake prepareness drill on the same day.
    I don't know which one is correct.
    I'd really want to know about it.

    In addition, I've seen snakes crawling around on the ground everywhere.

    I wonder what or when is it gonna happen.

    Answer:-It is only a drill.Nobody has born in the world to predict the accurate occurrence of earthquake. I am the one working on finding the way to give early warning by cheap means. Even though it has proved its use in several occasions I am not yet getting proper acceptance from nodal agencies.
  • Question:-Where can I buy California Earthquake flavored potato chips?
    I purchased some California brand Earthquake flavored potato chips from a rest stop vending machine. I had never heard of them before but I tried them AND LOVED THEM! Since the rest stop was during a vacation trip, I can't go back to where I found them. I looked for retailers on the internet but turned up nothing. Please let me know if you can help, thanks!

    Answer:-I lived in California and I always loved to have California Earthquake Potato Chips. However, they are difficult to find at many places. My friend Jessica, bought them at a Redners Warehoue Market., They usually carry them there or at some ACME locations.I hope that answers your question.
  • Question:-What are the chances of being in a California earthquake?
    I always planned on moving to California once I graduate and start off my career there but my mom is always worried about an earthquake happening so she doesn't want me to go. What really are the chances of one happening and getting killed?

    Answer:-We have dozens of earthquakes every day in California, most of them not even noticeable. You can see for yourself at the United States Geological Survey's website below. If you live in California for any extended period of time, chances are pretty good you'll experience an earthquake, but noticeable ones aren't too common, and major ones even less so. (That doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared for one, of course; seismic activity is fairly random.)

    Earthquakes themselves don't generally injure or kill people. Falling objects and structural failures as a result of earthquakes do. Thankfully, California has some of the strictest seismic building codes in the United States. Modern buildings are required to meet particular guidelines based on how they're made, what they're made of, and where they're located, so they are generally pretty sturdy. Older buildings are also frequently retrofitted to be earthquake resistant to comply with these codes, although that isn't the case for all older buildings due to issues of time and money. Objects and furniture inside of any building can be braced or secured to minimize falling object injuries. Geography also has an impact on earthquake damage, with areas built on bedrock generally experiencing less severe shaking than areas built on looser, sandier ground.

    As someone said, by moving, you are only exchanging one type of natural disaster for another. Ignorance may lead to injury or death, just as it may for other types of disasters, so the better prepared you are, the more likely you will get through it unharmed, whether the disaster be an earthquake, a hurricane, a tornado, a flood, or anything else.

    None of this should frighten you or dissuade you from pursuing your goals. California is a great place to live, work, and study. It is the most populous state in the country, so earthquakes can't be that common or that devastating; if they were, no one would live here. You just shouldn't go in with the mindset that an earthquake will never happen. They do happen, and we generally get through them without too much trouble, but you should always be prepared and know what to do in the event of a severe one.
  • Question:-where can I get the best, most comprehensive earthquake coverage for a condo in san francisco, california?
    i have already seen what the california earthquake authority (CEA) offers, which is not a whole lot. what are my other options for greater coverage?
    i know what the california earthquake authority (CEA) offers through independent agencies or directly. there is not a whole lot coverage.
    are their options for greater coverage? for example, has anyone had experience with coverage from Geovera Earthquake Insurance? What other companies/options are out there?

    Answer:-~~Sorry to argue here, but it is also available through State Farm in California too. The problem with earthquake insurance is this; it is extremely expensive. If you read all the fine print it only covers you in the event that your whole house is pretty much leveled, and that isn't going to happen here unless you have a much older home. I don't believe any contents are covered either, so call a State Farm agent and see if it is worth the expense to you.~~
  • Question:-what if an earthquake with the same magnitude of Chilean earthquake hit California?
    I am curious how buildings in California would withstand the same earthquake. The buildings here were built with stronger materials according to a building code, but the Northridge quake did some damage and knocked a layer of freeway down. The Northridge quake wasn't nearly as strong as Chile's.
    The California state insurance program would like to collect $400.00 for an earthquake insurance plan. They must be thinking something big right?
    The California state insurance program would like to collect $400.00 for an earthquake insurance plan. They must be thinking something big right?

    Answer:-It depends on the location of the quake. Chile's earthquake is one of the largest on record, right up there in the top half dozen. The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake was about a 7.8 and the worst of the damage was liquifaction of the soil -- it turned to something akin to jello during the event -- which broke water lines and collapsed buildings. Then the fire broke out and there was no way to stop the fire. Southern California could easily go up in flames as well, if gas lines break, power lines fall, and there is no water to fight fires. As for building codes, don't count on them saving your house, apartment, or life. There is more variance than the taxpayers are led to believe, and again, it depends on soil, time of day (rush hour versus night time).

    Suggestion: put together a backpack or duffel bag for each family member, with a set of clothes, first aid kit, water bottles or packets, canned fruit and a few MRE's. Make a plan to call one person who lives "out of the immediate area/state", and make sure your family knows that number by heart. This is so that they can keep tabs on you and you aren't making a whole bunch of calls when your electricity is out and you can't charge your cell phone. When my husband and I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, we had put together three "earthquake bags" (one in each car and a slightly larger one beside our bed) and we did this just one month before the Loma Prieta quake hit. We had piece of mind, at least a little, although we were right down the road from the Cypress Structure...and could hear the sirens and feel the aftershocks.
  • Question:-After a widely reported earthquake in California, many people call their insurance company to apply for earthq?
    After a widely reported earthquake in California, many people call their insurance company to apply for earthquake insurance. Might this reaction reflect some deviation from rationality? Discuss.

    Answer:-a waste of money. the majority of our homes will be destroyed, there's no way insurance will be able to cover everyone.
  • Question:-when is the california earthquake going to happen?
    What day is the California earthquake supposably going to happen?

    Answer:-Earthquakes cannot be predicted with any accuracy whatsoever. For the past three decades the USGS has been telling me that "the Big One" was coming sometime in the next three decades. When it didn't happen, they moved it forward and said, "Oh, we meant *this* three decades," et cetera.

    Earthquakes happen when they happen, and we can't do anything about it save to prepare for how to handle ourselves if a horribly disastrous earthquake were to occur. Incidentally, there is no fault in California's San Andreas Fault Zone which has the proper geometry to create a seismic event much beyond the magnitude of the 7.6, 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. It's just physically incapable. Further, we're a modern, developed country, with good codes as far as where you can put a structure, how it has to be designed, what it can be made out of, and so on. So a large earthquake hitting a major California city will not end up looking like Port-au-Prince. Look at Chile, which was an 8.8, and compared to Haiti, suffered no damage. Yes, there was damage, but it was very minimum, all told. Why? Chile is a modern country, even if we don't hear about it very often. It would be similar here, and again, we can't go much farther than a 7.6, not nearly even approaching an 8.8.

    I think that "the Big One" just happened the other day with the 7.2, as it fit every requirement and description. If it doesn't, I'm not worried.
  • Question:-Who was the actress killed about 10 or 20 years ago in a california earthquake?
    I remember a few years ago during an earthquake in California an elderly actress was killed during the disaster but for the life of me I can not remember her name, Does anyone remember who she is?

  • Question:-What is the average repair cost to homeowner for property damage caused by a typical earthquake in California?
    We are considering buying an earthquake insurance for a resident home in California. But the earthquake policy typically covers only 85% of the house rebuild cost, homeowners first have to pay the 15% of that (the deductible). Say the house insured for $300K, then homeowners have to pay $45K first before the insurance comes in to cover the rest for $255K. If the average repair cost is more than $45K, then it may by worth buying earthquake insurance to us.

    Answer:-We have lived in Huntington Beach, CA for nearly 5 years and do not have earthquake insurance. In that time we have experienced 3 quakes of magnitude 3 or more and there has been no damage. Average repair cost so far =$0. Had we taken out insurance at $1000 per year we would be $5k down now.
    Sure, if 'the big one' comes along we would be out of pocket maybe $250k. It's a peace of mind thing - some people (ALL my neighbors; I asked around when we moved here) are not worried about having zero insurance. If you feel the need to have insurance, a deductible will lower your premium, perhaps you are ok with that, or look for the coverage that will repay as much of your home value as possible. Compare what you do with your car insurance (do you prefer comprehensive or basic?) or your health care (high deductible, low deductible, no deductible?).
    Remember that a good chunk of what you paid for your property is for the land, so you may not need to have such a big insured amount.

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