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Subject: Re: Californians moving – to Texa Date: 12/14/2012 6:53 AM
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That too, perhaps. But why is it LOL? This massive earthquake is something that is more certain to happen than almost anything else we discuss here.
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Not to the extent that you are speculating.


Living in California, you are sure to have seen fires in the surrounding hills/mountains. After a major quake the fires will start in the populated areas and then spread to the hills. Unfortunately there will be no water to put out the fires. (Most of the damage in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake was caused by fire.)

Here is a technical bulletin from the Water Replenishment District of Southern California on the effects of a major San Andreas quake on water supplies.
http://wrd.org/engineering/earthquake-water-recovery-califor...

They point out:
- Fault movement will likely cause major damage of the infrastructure crossing it, including the main aqueducts bringing water to Southern California from Northern California and the Colorado River. Repairs may be hampered due to damaged roads and large scale-fires.

- The most severe damage will be closest to the fault, but even in the Los Angeles area there will be damage to pipelines and other infrastructure due to intense shaking. In addition, the Met / LADWP outages from aqueduct damage will impact the local water supply.

- In the first few days after the quake, there may be no water available due to infrastructure breaks and loss of power. After that, repairs will bring supplies online slowly. Each agency will be busy with their own systems, and repairs may take weeks to 6 months or more. New water pipelines may be in very short supply, as they are not in stock and will need to be manufactured.

DB2
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