NEWS FLASH! This just in 29 minutes ago: sometime in the next 30 years, a 6.7 or greater magnitude earthquake will hit somewhere in California. It's almost certain, think the experts at U.S. Geological Survey in Pasadena.
California faces an almost certain risk of being rocked by a strong earthquake by 2037, scientists said Monday in the first statewide temblor forecast.Jeez! I guess that's why the experts get paid the really big bucks and I don't. As a simple resident of California working as a clerk for an electronics manufacturing company, I would never have thought California might possibly have an earthquake somewhere sometime in the next 30 years. I'm headed for the hills or somewhere ... when I get around to it sometime.
New calculations reveal there is a 99.7 percent chance a magnitude 6.7 quake or larger will strike in the next 30 years. The odds of such an event are higher in Southern California than Northern California, 97 percent versus 93 percent.
The last time a jolt this size rattled California was the 1994 Northridge disaster, which killed 72 people, injured more than 9,000 and caused $25 billion in damage.
"It basically guarantees it's going to happen," said Ned Field, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Pasadena and lead author of the report.
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