The Big One IS Coming; Are We Ready for the Aftermath?

Earthquakes are part of life in California. We talk about being prepared for "The Big One" but are we really ready?

Dr. Lucy Jones was a seismologist for the U.S. Geological Survey. She created the Great ShakeOut Drill, and earthquake preparation experiment that by 2016 included 53 million participants around the world. She says knowing when an earthquake will hit is unlikely but being prepared for the aftermath is just as important.

DID YOU KNOW? - The seismic network that measures earthquakes in southern California has an alarm built into it that goes off if no earthquake has been recorded for twelve hours. Why? Because that must mean there’s a malfunction in the recording system. Since the network was put into effect in the 1990, southern California has never gone more than twelve hours without an earthquake.

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