Thursday, June 23, 2016

Lack of preparation for massive earthquake could bring catastrophe, report says

From:  LA Times 

NOTE:  It has been 110 years since the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire.  Southern California is poised for both a major corrective quake and massive brush fires.  And these turkeys had no idea, no idea, how serious this could be.  Don't you think we should take their stupidity and incompetence seriously now?  

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Sylmar resident Brian Demetz runs from his burning home in Sylmar on Jan. 17, 1994, after the Northridge earthquake. (Ken Lubas / Los Angeles Times)

Southern California’s smaller cities and large businesses must take the threat of a crippling earthquake far more seriously than they have been, a committee of business, public policy and utility leaders said Thursday, saying action is needed to “prevent the inevitable disaster from becoming a catastrophe.”

Despite strides made by the city of Los Angeles to focus on earthquake safety, Southern California still faces significant threats that haven’t been resolved.

One of the most ominous is the looming threat on the edge of Southern California’s sprawling metropolis — the Cajon Pass. It’s a narrow mountain pass where the San Andreas fault — California’s longest and one of its most dangerous — intersects with combustible natural gas and petroleum pipelines, electrical transmission lines, train tracks and Interstate 15 north of San Bernardino.  MORE