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This Map Will Either Save Your Life or Make You Crap Your Pants

Posted By Christine Borden On Jun 24, 2009 @ 11:29 pm In Sandbox,Sci/Tech | Comments Disabled

We all know the apocalypse is upon us for our sinful, heathen ways. But just exactly how close are you to the fault that will unleash the Big One on the Bay Area? Hazards Awareness Map [1] will tell you.

So friends who live at 2250 Prospect Street, in the case of an earthquake, you will probably die:

You are IN or NEAR the following:

* HIGH Ground Shaking
This map shows the potential level of ground shaking hazard from earthquakes that geologists and seismologists agree could occur in California. It takes into consideration the uncertainties in the size and location of earthquakes and the resulting ground motions that can affect a particular location. (more information at http://www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/rghm/psha/index.htm)

* Earthquake-Induced Landslide Hazard zone*
Earthquakes can trigger landslides that may cause injuries and damage to many types of structures. (more information at http://www.conservation.ca.gov/CGS/shzp/SHMPfact.htm)

* Liquefaction Seismic Hazard zone*
Earthquakes can cause certain types of soils to lose strength and behave like liquid. This can severely damage buildings and other structures. (more information at http://geomaps.wr.usgs.gov/sfgeo/liquefaction/aboutliq.html)

* Earthquake Fault zone*
Active earthquake faults may pose a risk of surface fault rupture hazard. Surface rupture can damage buildings. (more information at http://www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/rghm/ap/index.htm)

Not to rub it in or anything, but this is why we moved. To a place a few more feet away from the fault line. At least our ground won’t disappear beneath us in a puddle.

We hope you enjoy your bay views while you can. To help prepare yourself and find out if you are for sure going to die in an earthquake, check out the hazards awareness map [1].

Image Source: My Hazards Awareness Map
My Hazards Awareness Map [Website [1]]

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