‘Earthquake Lady’ Warns ‘Imagine America Without Los Angeles’

The past couple of articles I’ve read that mentioned major earthquakes and California seemed to imply that the state was somewhat ready for such an event. I understand “The Golden State” has improved its earthquake readiness and response capabilities over time. However, I get the feeling there’s some complacency going around, with a lot more work still needing to be done.

Here’s what one earthquake expert- the “Earthquake Lady”- had to say this week about the “Big One” striking the southern portion of the state. From the website of CBS Los Angeles affiliates Channel 2/Channel 9 last night:

A leading earthquake expert has issued a dire warning to Californians about the expected impact of a major disruption to the San Andreas fault line.

The title of Dr. Lucy Jones’ lecture this week to the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco was “Imagine America without Los Angeles”.

As KCAL9′s Dave Bryan reports, Jones, a Science Advisor for Risk Reduction at the U.S. Geological Survey, says when the “Big One” hits Southern California, the damage could be much greater, and could last much longer, than most of us ever imagined.

“Loss of shelter, loss of schools, loss of jobs and emotional hardship. We are risking the ends of our cities,” she said during the presentation…


“Expert Warns LA Isn’t Ready For Major Earthquake”
CBS Los Angeles Video

Now, a lot of comments on the piece are saying something along the lines of “can’t wait until L.A. slides off into the Pacific Ocean.”

I know they are either kidding or haven’t thought through such statements, as only a fool could think such wholesale destruction in Southern California wouldn’t have widespread repercussions for the rest of the nation.

Anyway, keep those earthquakes preparations going at full throttle, Californians. And visit The Great California Shakeout website- among other earthquake preparedness online resources- if you haven’t already.

After all, it’s only a matter of time before the “Big One” strikes.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Thursday, December 12th, 2013 Natural Disasters, Preparedness

4 Comments to ‘Earthquake Lady’ Warns ‘Imagine America Without Los Angeles’

  1. Seeing as we live 45 miles west (yes, directly west) of downtown LA this is a big deal. There is maybe a week of food. Remember all refrigerated items will spoil. Then there are two choices. Either get to an airport where supplies can be flown in or start walking/biking. That’s a problem. No one is going to head north to Lancaster then Bakersfield, too far and too inhospitable and likely worse off. No one is going to head east to the desert and the San Andreas Fault. South is Orange County which is just more Los Angeles. They won’t admit it but the 4 million in the San Fernando Valley and the 2 million on the West Side all thinking they are going along the 101 freeway or up Pacific Coast Highway to Ventura County. We have lots of diverse agriculture, several big military bases, a few big plane airports and the only deep water port for hundreds of miles. The fatal flaw is all six million each think they are going to be the only ones with the idea.

  2. Rob Dawg on December 12th, 2013
  3. We live 10 miles NW of downtown, and it’s definitely the masses I fear more than the quake itself.

  4. tj & the bear on December 12th, 2013
  5. Thanks for sharing that Rob Dawg. Sounds like lots of your neighbors will find themselves in a tough position if the scenario discussed by the “Earthquake Lady” ever materializes.

  6. Editor on January 8th, 2014
  7. Thanks for the comment tj & the bear.

    We live 10 miles NW of downtown, and it’s definitely the masses I fear more than the quake itself.

    I hear you. I’ve been watching a good deal of TV during the ongoing “polar vortex,” and judging by some of the comments being made, not only do I suspect there will be lots of Americans unprepared for any major emergency/disaster that befalls them, but they’ll also try to secure resources from others to ensure their own survival. “Me first” to the Nth power.

  8. Editor on January 8th, 2014

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