March 9, 2014 – The Hypothetical “Big One” Hits Los Angeles: The USGS released a study depicting the results of a plausible 7.8 Magnitude earthquake, as shown above. Major earthquakes strike Los Angeles every 150 years and it’s been 300 years since the last one.
The hypothetical quake struck at 10:00AM on Thursday November 13th, Sunday. The quake lasted two minutes and stretches from the Salton Sea to West of Lancaster. The results were: 1,800 dead; 53,000 injured; 1,500 buildings collapsed; 300,000 houses damaged; 250,000 homeless and $213 billion in total damages. Over 200,000 people work on the opposite side of the San Andreas Fault from which they live. For example, a lot of commuters come in from Victorville to Southern California. Therefore, many of these people will be cut off from their homes and families.
The economic, social and geographic repercussions from an earthquake of this magnitude will be pronounced.
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