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California and earthquakes go together like peanut butter and jelly. With 500-plus active faults—including the famous San Andreas Fault, which runs nearly the entire length of the state—and 15,700 known faults in California, it’s no wonder the state is known for its shaky ground. But it is pretty astonishing to think there are around 10,000 earthquakes each year in Southern California alone.
With so many California earthquakes expected to occur along the San Andreas Fault over the coming decades, it is said that one day San Francisco and Los Angeles will be positioned adjacent to one another! And given the two major earthquakes in Los Angeles this July and the fairly significant earthquake in the Bay Area earlier this month, it’s not too hard to believe.
Considering the amount of seismic activity throughout the state, it’s always better to be prepared than to wait for the next tremblor to roll around—which is why we’ve assembled all of the essential information you need to know before, during, and after an earthquake.
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While it is easy to put off preparing for an earthquake until one has already hit, taking the time to make a plan and set aside the necessary supplies can end up saving lives. Whether you’re located right beside a fault line or farther away, earthquakes are unexpected and can jolt anywhere, anytime. So, much like power outages, we hope we will not be affected, but in order to prepare, it’s best to:
When it comes to surviving an earthquake, it’s all about staying out of harm’s way. Make sure to:
While a sense of relief washes over you when the earthquake subsides, it doesn’t mean the event is entirely over. After an earthquake strikes:
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