January 6th 2013-
According to an article put out by National Geographic, scientist have been putting large amounts of money behind tracking faults around the globe. One infamous fault along the west coast of the US is the San Andreas fault. They have monitors tracking the “creep” of the San Andreas and are claiming that they are close to determining what precursor to look for on the fault, up to a week before the next “BIG ONE”. This study if not foolproof yet, but this article is written in a way that would cause one to believe that the future is bright for this technology:
With today’s technology, of multiple seismographs set to capture the “P” and “S” waves in order to triangulate the location of the earthquake’s epicenter, the question remains, how close are these scientist to predicting and pin pointing the exact time and location and magnitude of the next large west coast quake?
Plus would the knowledge of this earthquake really do service to those in the area. Or would this just cause major panic and dangerous evacuation attempts? Reality for 2013 should focus on the need for high situational awareness and a chance for people to know how to take care of their selves and neighbors in these times of great need. With the new year should come a fresh disaster plan for one’s family and a good look at security. Here are some helpful links from WCMNews 2012: