Well of course they planned it...after all FEMA predicted it in August of 2001....
" In early 2001, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, ranked a major hurricane hit on New Orleans as among the three likeliest, most
catastrophic disasters facing the United States. The other two were a massive San Francisco earthquake and, prophetically, a terrorist attack on New
York City. "
www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=8732 (copy n paste)
Of course thye werent the only ones who knew. In March of 2001 Rupert Murdoch beat them to the punch....
California Earthquake Could Be the Next Katrina
By Jia-Rui Chong and Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writers
U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones remembers attending an emergency training session in August 2001 with the Federal Emergency Management
Agency that discussed the three most likely catastrophes to strike the United States.
First on the list was a terrorist attack in New York. Second was a super-strength hurricane hitting New Orleans. Third was a major earthquake on the
San Andreas fault.
Now that the first two have come to pass, she and other earthquake experts are using the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as an opportunity
to reassess how California would handle a major temblor.
Jones, scientist-in-charge for the geological survey's Southern California Earthquake Hazards Team, and other experts generally agree that California
has come a long way in the last two decades in seismic safety.
A catastrophic temblor at the right spot along the San Andreas could significantly reduce energy and water supplies — at least temporarily, she and
others said. Researchers at the Southern California Earthquake Center said there is an 80% to 90% chance that a temblor of 7.0 or greater magnitude
will strike Southern California before 2024.
"We aren't anywhere close to where I wish we were" in terms of seismic safety, Jones said.
Because the Los Angeles region is so much larger than the Louisiana city, it is difficult to conceive of a disaster — "short of an A-bomb" —
that would blanket the whole city, let alone the whole county, in ruin, said Lee Sapaden, a spokesman for Los Angeles County's Office of Emergency
"We should not be at all surprised if something similar to Hurricane Katrina mirrors itself in California," Frank Turner [Seismic Safety Commission]
said. "There have been lots of articles written about the failure of levees in the [Sacramento-San Joaquin] Delta, the loss of drinking water in
California. This is just the tip of the iceberg."
About 60% of Southern California's water is imported from outside the region in three major aqueducts that cross the San Andreas fault, making them
particularly vulnerable to major earthquake damage.
One branch of the 444-mile California Aqueduct, which carries water from the delta, virtually sits on top of the fault for a few miles near Palmdale.
A second aqueduct from the Colorado River crosses the fault near Beaumont. And the Los Angeles Aqueduct, which transports snowmelt from the eastern
Sierra, runs across the San Andreas in a mountain tunnel between Lancaster and Santa Clarita.
Southern California water managers say they've made progress in recent years building local reserves they could turn to if they lost water from one
or more of the transport systems.
With such efforts, "we feel even more confident we are able to provide sufficient water to sustain us during an earthquake," said Debra Man, chief
operating officer of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the region's main water wholesaler.
Jim McDaniels, chief operating officer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's water system, said that if disaster struck, the DWP could
double its groundwater pumping within the basin and draw from its four big local reservoirs.
Major gas lines also come into Southern California over the San Andreas at several points, including at Indio, Palmdale, the Cajon Pass and the Tejon
Ranch. Still, officials at the Southern California Gas Co. expressed confidence that the system could withstand a strong earthquake, noting they have
been upgrading the pipeline for years....
Full article at: www.latimes.com...
That article link was working yesterday...now it isnt...I wonder Why? LOL
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