Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Pondering The Big One: ‘Hopefully I’ll already be dead’ says scientist

In light of the recent “moderate” shake in Southern Cal, the NBC Nightly News looked back at some major earthquakes that have hit the area, and ahead to the Big One.

Recent quakes include the 1994 Northridge quake that killed 60 and the 1989 Bay Area shaker that killed 63. According to the report, “Earthquake scientists say there’s a 99 percent chance that another quake at least as big as those will strike California in the next thirty years.” The likely target: Southern California.

And it’s not going to be pretty.

“Certainly I’m not looking forward to the day when that major fault goes. Hopefully I’ll already be dead,” said CalTech Geophysicist Thomas Heaton.

The complete report…

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