Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Shakin' All Over

If doomsday scenarios don’t get people’s attention have a party! A planned preparedness drill for Los Angeles November 13th will gather Angelenos to participate in a disaster drill built around a mock 7.8-magnitude earthquake along the San Andreas fault. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), southern California has about 10,000 earthquakes per year. The last big quake there was the magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake in January 1994 which killed 33, injured 9,000, and displaced over 20,000 people. Compare that to the quake Monday May 12, 2008 in Eastern Sichuan, China. That magnitude 7.9 earthquake resulted in at least 69,185 people killed, 374,171 injured and 18,467 missing and presumed dead.

Some things we cannot control, but being prepared definitely can make a difference in how many people die.

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