The next great quake is coming


It’s only a matter of time before nature blindsides us with a catastrophic earthquake. Geologists predict that the next big one could happen within our lifetime and we are ill-prepared for it.

According to the Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast (UCERF3), there is a 76 percent chance of an earthquake greater than a magnitude of 7.0 striking Northern California within the next the 30 years.

We are situated along the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ), a major plate boundary that stretches from Vancouver Island in Canada down to the Lost Coast in Humboldt County. It is capable of triggering “megathrusts” that can exceed 9.0 on the seismograph. Such an earthquake can set off tsunamis capable of wiping out our coastal communities. Buildings will collapse, our utilities will be cut and all hell will break loose. We need to know how to manage ourselves if and when the big one hits.

It’s easy to forget that we live in Earthquake Country. Also, some of us are emotionally distanced from natural disasters that occur outside of our bubble, because they don’t directly affect us. Unless it hits home, we pay little mind to disasters that happen in other parts of the world. Let’s not get too comfortable, though.

“Disaster, if we let it, can teach us that we who have not yet suffered are not untouchable; we are not special; we are lucky,” wrote Melissa Batchelor Warnke of the Los Angeles Times. “And luck runs out.”

Living on Shaky Ground is a free magazine prepared by Humboldt Earthquake Education Center at HSU in cooperation with several relevant organizations. They offer valuable advice to prepare, protect and recover from earthquakes and tsunamis. Download and read the PDF magazine on their website today.

Finally, we would like to remind you that the annual ShakeOut is happening on campus this Thursday, October 19 at 10:19 a.m.

The Great California ShakeOut is an opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes. Remember to Drop, Cover and Hold On.










Share This Post

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email
Share on reddit

More Stories

Photo by Abraham Navarro | Cowboy Daddy's Drummer and Keyboard player Conner West, 25, and guitarist Skye Freitas, 24, jam out at the Gutswurrak Student Activity Center on April 28.

Local bands rock the Gutswurrak

by Ione Dellos Band members wait in front of the bathrooms, eyes anxiously fluttering from the stage to the growing audience in the Gutswurrak Student Activities Center. After the deepest sigh one could possibly take, they make their way to

Travis Allen pole vaults at the Green and Gold Track Event on Feb. 12 Photo by Morgan Hancock.

Athlete’s outperform at decathlon

by Carlos Pedraza The Cal Poly Humboldt Track and Field team participated in the Stanislaus State Multi-Event from Thursday April 7 to Saturday April 9. The team participated in over 10 different events, all of which were multi-day involving different

Photo by Morgan Hancock | Izzy Star hits a home run in final softball game of the season at the Bear River Recreation Center in Loleta, California on Saturday, April 30.

Cal Poly Humboldt plays its last softball game of the series

by Eddie Carpenter On April 30, Cal Poly Humboldt Softball played the last two games of their series against Cal State San Marcos. Due to weather conditions, the softball games had to be relocated to the Bear River Recreation Center

Be First to Comment

Leave a Reply