VIDEO: Experts Say We're Due for the 'Big One'

The big one is coming soon, say geologists. 

"Soon," however, is defined as sometime in the next 100 years.

Patch coverage on recent earthquakes in Northern California:
Jay April 06, 2014 at 02:55 PM
Not really worried. Grew up in Southern California, amongst other places, and it was beaten into our heads that we need to prepare for an earthquake. I've stocked up on a few supplies. Its a good idea to always fill up at half a tank, in case the ground tanks rupture, at least you'll have some fuel. Keep enough water and food on hand to last you at least a few weeks in case its a particularly severe quake. Above all, don't rely on anyone else. Take a good look at Katrina and Sandy. In may be weeks or a couple months before you get help. FEMA took its time to get to those affected by Katrina and Sandy. In the mean time there was looting. I don't see that happening in Livermore, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. City services may be interrupted; Water, Sewer, Electricity, Trash Service. Good idea to keep some first aid supplies on hand. Band together in neighborhoods and form communities that can help each other out in an emergency. Check on the young and the elderly. Think of it as extreme camping,...for a few weeks.
Jow April 07, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Not too worried about it either. My family and I made it through the 1989 earthquake. What else happened in 1989? Oh yeah, the A's swept the Giants in the World Series.
Livermore89 April 07, 2014 at 11:40 AM
If you would like to get better informed about how to protect you and your family, and how you can be asset to your neighborhood and community, the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department is offering FREE CERT (COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM) training. Call: (925) 454-2361 or Email: CERT@LPFire.org for more information.
April April 07, 2014 at 12:12 PM
After the 89 quake we learned a lot, like DO NOT turn off your gas main, could be months before it is restored. Gas smalls like onions or another foul stench, yet- the aroma doesn't akways mean a gas main is broken. Keep aplastic garbage can in the garage, put your batteries, fl;ashlights, can goods, can opener, tp, wet ones, first aid, kids comfort items (blankies, teddies) in there too, makes kids feel safe to know they have those things. Water and water, candy bars, energy bars, some clothing, windbreakers, etc. change that water out, doesn't last forever. Maybe even your camp gear- after 89 we didn't want to go back inside, too many aftershocks. My fireplace poker flew across the room like supernatural forces! Have a plan for your kids- a pick up tree of sorts, so the kids know they will be fetched eventually in the case of a major quake. You can be stuck in an elevator for 12 hours- you can be stranded at work-make a family plan and you will feel less anxiety.
christopher papazoglow April 07, 2014 at 07:28 PM
If you work in "the city" keep a pair of sturdy boots at work. In 1989, several people i know found themselves having to navigate their way home through broken glass and "rubble", such as concrete and stone that had fallen from the facings of buildings.


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