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by Dave Gradijan

San Fran Isn’t Ready for the ‘Big One’

Apr 14, 20062 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

If the devastating earthquake that experts expect in San Francisco someday does indeed strike, the area is a long way from being prepared, an American Red Cross survey indicated, according to Reuters.

The survey, whose results were released Thursday, showed that only 6 percent of the region’s residents would be prepared with a disaster plan, Reuters reports. The Red Cross is using the 100th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, which killed about 3,000 people, to urge people to prepare for natural disasters, according to Reuters.

“Government is not going to be there in the first 24 hours,” said former California Gov. Jerry Brown, now the mayor in Oakland, Reuters reports.

If the “Big One” were to hit, the consequences could be far worse than the 1906 incident, an expert from the U.S. Geological Survey told Reuters. Regional coordinator Mary Lou Zoback told Reuters the earthquake could affect 10 million people if the San Andreas Fault that runs through a sizable portion of California ruptured.

“It’s becoming clear from our modeling that there are certain hot spots that will shake longer and harder,” Zoback told Reuters. “Silicon Valley is one of those hot spots.”

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