San Francisco Bay Area be Prepared for the “Big One”

(E) Over the last few years, the Bay Area has been focusing on an unstoppable real estate growing development of condos and business properties (which still does not even satisfy the demand!). Many residents are more busy finding a place to live, and businesses a place to work, than preparing and planning for the “Big One”.

This week’s Searles Valley and Ridgecrest earthquakes are another reminder to be ready…

“From July 4 to July 5, 2019, a series of earthquakes occurred between Searles Valley and Ridgecrest, California, between the southern boundaries of Sequoia National Park and Death Valley National Park. On July 4, a 6.4 Mw foreshock occurred at 10:33 a.m. PDT in a low population density area of San Bernardino County. The swarm occurred approximately 180 miles east of the San Andreas Fault that runs the length of California. This quake was preceded by several smaller earthquakes, and was followed by more than 1,400 detected aftershocks. On July 5, a 7.1 Mw mainshock occurred near the same location, at 8:19 p.m. PDT (3:19 UTC on July 6), which was the most powerful earthquake to occur in the state in 20 years.

Relatively minor damage resulted from the initial foreshock, though some building fires were reported in Ridgecrest near the epicenter. The main quake on July 5 cut the power to at least 3,000 residents in Ridgecrest. Effects were felt across much of Southern California, parts of Arizona and Nevada, as far north as the San Francisco Bay Area, and as far south as Baja California, Mexico. An estimated 20 million people experienced the foreshock, and approximately 30 million people experienced the mainshock.”

Over the last few years, the Bay Area has been focusing on an unstoppable real estate growing development of condos and business properties (which still does not even satisfy the demand!). And as a result, many residents and businesses are still unprepared for the “Big One”.

Note 1: The picture above is from Wikipedia – 2019 Ridgecrest earthquakes.

Note 2: The initial text above is from Wikipedia – 2019 Ridgecrest earthquakes.

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