Colossal 8.0 Earthquake Expected To Hit Los Angeles in Next 30 Years

By Jordy Altman

Or is this just some promotional stunt for summer blockbuster “San Andreas?”

Not all of us are as lucky as The Rock to have an earthquake preparedness kit that includes a VCN Maverick, but if the latest U.S. Geological Survey has convinced us of anything, it’s that we need to be prepared very soon.

The latest Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast by the USGS has revealed some good news/bad news for SoCal residents:

The Good:

The chances of a 6.7 earthquake – similar to the 1994 Northridge quake – hitting Southern California have dropped 30%.

The Bad:

The chances of a magnitude 8 or larger earthquake in the next 30 years has increased to nearly 7%.

Tom Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, had this to say in regards to the news of the inevitable “The Big One.”

“We are fortunate that seismic activity in California has been relatively low over the past century. But we know that tectonic forces are continually tightening the springs of the San Andreas fault system, making big quakes inevitable.”

So there you have it. We may not have to deal with a devastating earthquake, but rather an enormous, destructive natural disaster. Pick your poison.



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