Seismologists from the U.S Geological Survey have reported that there is a 99% chance that California will be hit with a major earthquake similar to that of the 1994 Northridge disaster within the next 30 years. The San Andreas Fault remains the most dangerous because it hasn’t ruptured in quite a while-meaning a big one may be looming.
“The new likelihoods are due to the inclusion of possible multi-fault ruptures, where earthquakes are no longer confined to separate, individual faults, but can occasionally rupture multiple faults simultaneously,” said lead author and USGS scientist Ned Field. “This is a significant advancement in terms of representing a broader range of earthquakes throughout California’s complex fault system.” Luckily, The White House has given $5 million in federal funding for the Earthquake Early Warning System. The function of this system is to advise the public that an earthquake will occur, similar to that of the Amber Alert system currently in place.
What can you do to prepare?
- Make sure to create a plan so that you and your family are prepared in the event of a quake.
- Purchase a California Earthquake Insurance policy, to secure that your home and belongings will be replaced and your expenses are kept to a minimum.
- Make a list of items in your home ahead of time. Watch our video to find out the importance of a home checklist here.
Remember standard Homeowner Insurance policies do not cover you in the event of an earthquake, this is a separate policy. If you would like more information on a California Earthquake Policy call or email us today!