Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The latest "big one" warning

It is stuff like this that gives me the chills when I am in Southern California:

The southern end of the San Andreas fault near Los Angeles, which has been still for more than two centuries, is under immense stress and could produce a massive earthquake at any moment, a scientist said on Wednesday.

Yuri Fialko, of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at La Jolla, California, said that given average annual movement rates in other areas of the fault, there could be enough pent-up energy in the southern end to trigger a cataclysmic jolt of up to 10 meters (32 ft).

I don't foresee ever living there, although I will continue to visit on occasion. I prefer to dodge tornados, thank you very much.

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