Experts predict a death toll in thousands if 7.5 magnitude quake strikes LA
The big one. Three words every Californian knows all too well.
"The earthquake is inevitable. The only question is when," said Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. "It might not be another 50 years. Maybe even 100. Chances of us making it through the 21st century without the earthquake is very small.”
Jones is heading up a new effort by Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti to prepare the city for what experts say is unavoidable: a massive quake similar or worse to the one that hit the city in 1994.
The magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake claimed 57 lives and left $20 billion worth of damage in its wake, making it one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history. Jones warned the next one will likely have a similar impact.
She estimated the death toll from a quake with a magnitude 7.5 or higher could approach 2,000. That is a figure echoed by California's Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.
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Black Blade: Even Gov recommends people have a 72-hour emergency kit just in case. They are likely "sugar-coating" this as I would think the death toll could very easily be in the tens of thousands (or more) if the so called "big one" does hit - and much also depends on time of day and day of week as well.