posted on Mar, 20 2011 @ 08:41 PM
As a resident of California, I see a lot of quake predictions, both from professional seismologists studying quake prediction or geologists, and from
lay-persons with gut feelings or reading "signs." Sometimes they get lucky, but usually they turn out to be incorrect in my experience.
The problem with this one is that the areas given - 140 miles around two different points - covers huge portions of the entire state. For a quake of
at least 3.5 to occur as predicted within those areas would not be saying much. Now, if a major quake occurs by the 26th, that's another story.
(Although, even then, California is long, long overdue by most seismologists' estimations for a major quake anyway.)
Ultimately, preparedness should be a rule rather than something people do in response to predictions in my opinion. Have sufficient bottled water to
last at least a week or two, lots of non-perishable foods, basic first aid, any prescription medications you'll need for at least a week or two,
flashlights, batteries, blankets or other non-electrical-grid-dependent means of warmth, and a little extra money set aside in a safe place,
preferably in an easily portable container like a large bag or backpack. Have multiple egress routes from your home or place of work. Remove any
heavy, high-sitting or hanging objects from walls, shelves, etc. so that there is minimal risk of falling heavy objects. And while perhaps unlikely in
the event of a local, in-land epicenter, just in case (especially after seeing what happened to Japan, and given the fact that there is a subduction
zone off the west coast that some predict may one day produce a major quake,) know your nearby high ground and how to get to it fast. If a tsunami
happens, you may have as little as minutes to get to safety. (Another reason to have all of the above essentials in a portable container of some kind.
That way you can just grab it and run.)
All of that should be part of your way of life already if you live in seismically active areas. And if it wasn't already, then what just happened in
Japan should have been ample wake up call to do it. That's all you can really do to prepare for a quake. Regardless of whether one happens, it's
always best to be prepared, right? That way there's no need to panic or worry, because you know you've done everything you could to protect
yourself. If that wasn't enough, well, then there wasn't anything else you could have done, right? Either way, I feel there's no need to be
panicked or anxious about this. What will happen will happen. Just try to be ready as best you can. (That said, I can certainly understand being
fearful of it happening.)