California is struck by earthquakes everyday, but the biggest ones, on average, appear every 150 years, just south of the San Gabriel Mountains. The last super-destructive earthquake in California was over 300 years ago, which could mean a long overdue Californian earthquake is on the horizon.
USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) has prophesied that there will be 1,800 deaths, 53,000 injuries, 213 billion dollars in damage, 1,500 collapsed buildings and 300,000 damaged buildings. There will be 10s of 1,000s of aftershocks while the survivors struggle for life.
Survival is up to you and those around you. Your level of personal preparedness will determine your quality of life after the quake. It's a good idea to have a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit, and a good supply of water. Also, you'll need an emergency plan for contacting and meeting family members. Homeowners should bolt their homes to their foundation and acquire earthquake insurance. And this is just the start.
Credit: Theo Alexopoulos, ACCD, USGS, SCEC
And California isn't the only state this applies to. Washington, Alaska, Hawaii and Nevada should all know about earthquake preparedness. Even Oklahoma residents should be educated, in light of the recent wave of earthquake attacks in the area.