Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Earthquakes: We're Built For 'Em

DECLARATION: Exactly two people have died in California directly related to an earthquake since the 1994 Northridge Earthquakes that claimed 60 lives. I've had friends from back east contact me see I'm alright after today's 4.7 quake in Riverside. I really didn't feel it.

California's codes and regulations for building construction and transportation projects like bridges and freeways have been modified, amended, and improved since 1994 to provide greater sensitivity to seismic issues and risk. We're not risk free, but we are 'built' for earthquakes.

Ironically, more people haved died from lightning strikes in California than earthquakes since 1994 (6 from 2002 - 2011). I think we'll be okay.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/us_deaths.php
 http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/stats/02-11_deaths_by_state.pdf

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