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Yahoo! News – Chile earthquake: How California would fare

“Los Angeles – California is well prepared to deal with an earthquake on par with the Chile earthquake on Saturday, but residents can do more to help themselves, disaster preparedness experts say.

Because it lies on the San Andreas fault, the tectonic boundary between the Pacific and the North American plates, California’s vulnerability to earthquakes has been well-documented since the late 1800s. Because building codes call for steel reinforcements – some tall buildings are even built on rolling foundations – the physical devastation to man-made structures that would happen here in a massive earthquake would be far less than Haiti or Chile….What Paulison and other veteran observers are not comfortable with, however, is the question of personal responsibility: the issue of whether residents have taken the time to sufficiently map out where they would go, how they would get there and that they have enough food and water to live comfortably without public assistance for three to four days”….

Los Angeles Times – The Big One is inevitable. Catastrophe is not

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
A national, nonprofit, technical society of engineers, geoscientists, architects, planners, public officials, and social scientists. Members include researchers, practicing professionals, educators, government officials, and building code regulators. The objectives of the Institute are the advancement of the science and practice of earthquake engineering and the solution of national earthquake engineering problems to protect people and property from the effects of earthquakes.

Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country
Los Angeles and southern California earthquake preparedness information. A compilation of internet information sources related to earthquake hazard.

Federal Emergency Management Agency
FEMA was established in 1979, and is an independent agency of the federal government, reporting to the President.

“With a faraway shudder of the Earth, Californians last week went from contemplating the fates of two multimillionaire late-night comics to confronting horror in a painfully poor country.Half a hemisphere away, homes shattered, entombing young and old. Roads clogged with debris and bodies. The injured begged for help, unheeded. Elsewhere in the world, the portrait was enough to wrench the heart. In California, it was that and more: a chilling look into the future.For those whose livelihoods involve a constant gaze in that direction, there was a fleeting hope that the Haiti disaster would change California’s reality: Despite decades of ever more urgent warnings, not enough here are really ready for the big earthquake to come. The long-predicted Big One, exponentially more powerful than that to which Port-au-Prince has succumbed”…

California Earthquake Authority
The site of California Department of Insurance provides information on earthquake coverage

California Seismic Safety Commission
Established in 1975, the Seismic Safety Commission advises the Governor. Legislature, and state and local governments on ways to reduce earthquake risk.

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