I'm a native San Franciscan and I'll take an earthquake (even the 7 point earthquake in 1989) over a firestorm, flood, hurricane or tornado any day!Two things I really do not like are Fire:flame: and when the ground moves....:simmadown:
I'm a native San Franciscan and I'll take an earthquake (even the 7 point earthquake in 1989) over a firestorm, flood, hurricane or tornado any day!
With an earthquake, especially if you have appropriate construction standards as they do in SF (not so in China and other countries), your house is more than likely to remain standing and be relatively unaffected than it will in any of the other major natural disasters. The shaking is usually short lived and is more unnerving than hazardous. I've felt all kinds of earthquakes in my lifetime and the only one that truly drew my attention was the one in 1989, but that was an extraordinary quake and even then the lost of life and property was relatively small compared to the effects of major fires, floods, hurricanes and tornados elsewhere. Of course, the assessment changes when you're in other countries, but we don't live there. However, if you're visiting other countries known for earthquakes, you obviously should try to avoid staying in any structure that is seismically suspect, if possible.
I believe there have been 4 reported fires in the greater Bay Area in the past couple of days -- Bonny Doon (Santa Cruz), Stockton, Vacaville and the Oakland hills (where the 1991 firestorm destroyed the entire western hillside).
Twenty condos, 7 homes and 1 triplex were lost off of I-5 in Stockton, one home and 40 acres were burned in Vacaville yesterday and fortunately no homes were lost in Oakland but many were threatened today. BTW, there's a 6000 acre fire that's threatening around 1250 homes currently burning near Chico, but that's about 90 miles north of Sac and far outside the Bay Area. The Boony Doon Fire (or Martin Fire as they are calling) it is by far the largest fire nearby. There's no accurate assessment of the loss yet, but early reports are currently 700 acres burned and several homes lost, but those figures are likely to rise. I frequently ride motorcycles and drive sports cars on Hwy 9, Empire Grade and Bonny Doon Road. So, I'm familiar w/the area. It's heavily wooded, very steep and rugged terrain that will be difficult to contain. It's hot, but there's very little wind and the fog is rolling in. Hopefully they'll get a handle on it soon.
[Update 6/13/08: Bonny Doon fire is now 25% contained and is down to 600 acres w/10 structures burned. Full containment is predicted by tomorrow!]
Obviously, it's going to be a very dangerous fire season in the Bay Area this year! :flame: