Cascadia- the fault line you've never heard of.
So there. We made the earthquake news again.
The science of Cascadia.
The upper potential of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake could be as high as 9.2 on the Richter Scale. By comparison, the San Andreas Fault has a highest potential of 8.2. The Richter scale is a logarithmic scale (don't ask me, I'm just quoting the smart guys), so every whole number is a quake that is ten times larger, and it releases over 30 times as much energy.
The timeline of Cascadia.
How big and bad could the Cascadia quake be?
One of America's favorite scientists, Michio Kaku, said on Good Morning America that it could "pack a whollop 30x that of the San Andreas Fault." Michio gets paid to make science interesting and dramatic on TV. But Kenneth Murphy, the director of FEMA in the Northwest, does not get paid to be dramatic. He gets paid to prepare people for what really could happen. He says, "Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast."
"Toast" means over 13,000 dead, and over a million homeless. Here's the scenario.
So we're safe in Southern California, right?
So what should we do?
First: Prepare to survive.
We should practice what we would do if the Big One hits. Talk to your family about escape routes out of the house, and places to meet up in case cell towers are overwhelmed and you can't reach each other. Also, I'm not a "Prepper," but storing a few supplies makes sense. We should think about having some food and water for a few days in case the system is overloaded.
Second: Prepare financially. Get earthquake insurance.
After the dust settles and the fires are put out... it's going to be time to rebuild. But you may not be able to rebuild your home if you didn't have earthquake insurance. It's simpler than you think. I can help you review all of your insurance in Rancho Santa Margarita and surrounding areas.
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