Immediatly after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake rocked Southern California on July 4, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, a lifelong Angeleno, tweeted that it was the most prolonged quake she’d ever felt.
“It was so long,” she wrote, “I believed for the first time is this the Big One?” But it surely wasn’t even the largest tremor Californians would see that week, with an extra powerful 7.1 quake coming only a day later.
Ultimately, none of them was the fabled Big One, a catastrophic earthquake that could happen alongside the San Andreas Fault and that geologists have warned is likely “overdue.”
This week was only a reminder. Jason Corona, whose family owns a restaurant in Ridgecrest, close to the epicenters of the earthquakes, described feeling uneasy because the aftershocks kept him awake late Friday night time.
“It is fixed adrenaline,” he mentioned, “because we do not know if the baby goes to be the following massive one.”
He and different residents final week woke to headlines driving the point home: “4th of July earthquake will not delay the Massive One,” learn one on Friday from the Los Angeles Instances; The New York Times reported Thursday’s earthquake was “a reminder that the Massive One lurks.”
Earlier this year, KPCC, a public radio station in Southern California, launched a new podcast titled “The Big One: Your Survival Guide,” aimed toward teaching Californians to organize for a probably devastating earthquake.
Because the last massive earthquake fades within the rearview mirror, people inevitably overlook concerning the looming menace, mentioned Albert Adi, a small business owner who’s lived in Southern California since 1980. “After which you’ve got a big one comes and it reminds you.”