Risk of 8.0 Earthquake in California Leaps: Still, It’s Business as Usual


Vickie Katsubayashi looks at a red-tagged home near downtown Napa after the 6.0-magnitude earthquake in August. (Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

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A new report from the U.S. Geological Survey shows it is increasingly likely a magnitude 8.0 or greater earthquake will hit California, but that "doesn’t change the bottom line” for the state’s emergency management workers, an agency official says.

Lucy Jones, a USGS seismologist and Mayor Eric Garcetti’s adviser on earthquakes, tweeted Tuesday about the randomness of big quakes.

"This new science doesn't change the bottom line for emergency managers," she wrote. "Which one happens in our lifetimes is a random subset."

The tweet was in response to a question posed to Jones about the practical takeaway for those trying to prepare the state for just such a disaster.

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