Preparedness Now

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This film depicts the realistic outcome of a hypothetical, but plausible, magnitude 7.8 earthquake on the San Andreas fault in Southern CA.

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Image Dimensions: 938 x 540

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Length: 00:04:39

Location Taken: CA, US

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Dale Cox, USGS Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project

Theo Alexopoulos, Art Center College of Design

Transcript

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Speaker: Thursday, November 13, 2008.
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It’s a sunny morning in Southern California.
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Across the region, 7.5 million people are busy at work.
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Several hundred thousand of them are commuting to jobs
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in different counties far from where they live.
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Over 200,000 commuters work and reside on opposite sides
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of the San Andreas Fault.
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Today, these families and many others across the region
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will be separated.
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1,800 people will die.
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53,000 people will be injured.
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And $213 billion in damage will occur.
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It’s 10:00 AM, the largest earthquake to hit Southern California
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in modern times had just begun.
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Some people react appropriately, others don’t.
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In the intense shaking, nearly 1,500 buildings collapsed.
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Infrastructure is severely compromised and 300,000 buildings
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suffer significant damage.
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The rupture travels 200 miles northwest along the San Andreas Fault.
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Violent shaking lasting as long as two minutes in some areas.
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Finally, the earthquake is over.
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Many of the lifelines of Southern California have been disrupted.
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A large number of people are trapped in collapsed buildings.
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Over 1,600 fires start, some turning into super confligrations.
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Millions of people are trying to use their phones
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causing the system to become overloaded.
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In the months ahead, there will be tens of thousands of aftershocks.
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Residents will struggle to recover from the earthquake.
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There will be no water for weeks or months, and no electricity.
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Traveling from point to point within the city will be extremely
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difficult, and 255,000 people will be displaced from their homes.
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We are all in this together.
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We will suffer the consequences if we don’t do our part right now.
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How quickly life gets back to normal after this
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disaster is up to you and those around you.
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Your level of personal preparedness will determine your quality of life after the quake.
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It’s a good idea to have a fire extinguisher,
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a first aid kit
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and enough water for each person in your household to have at least one gallon of water a day
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for three days.
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Have an emergency plan.
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Decide now where you will meet your family after an earthquake.
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Make sure there’s a person out of town you can contact
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to let your loved ones know that you’re okay.
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Homeowners should be sure to bolt their house to its foundation.
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Consider whether earthquake insurance makes sense
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for you as part of your financial plan.
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Even if you’re not a homeowner, you can secure your
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personal possessions against earthquake damage.
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Preparedness is not only for the home, but also for business.
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Be sure that your company has emergency plans for a major earthquake.
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Empower yourself and your family.
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Be prepared.