SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An earthquake in parts of Turkey and Syria has reignited fears among thousands of Californians about the possibility of an earthquake that could cause similar devastation in the Golden State.
Pictures of devastation and devastation are pouring in from around the world. More than 7,000 people have lost their lives due to the earthquake.
In California, 2 similar earthquakes have already been recorded on the Hayward Fault, located above Oakland. In addition, experts say that another may appear at any time.
“In countries that don’t have resources or contraction codes, the effects are very different, here in the United States we experience large earthquakes. The 1907 San Francisco 7.9 earthquake and the 1857 7.9 earthquake were very similar to this earthquake in Turkey. If If that earthquake passes through California now, there will probably be less damage,” said Benjamin Brooks, USGS geophysicist.
In 1971 there was a 6.5 magnitude earthquake that devastated Los Angeles. Most of the deaths occurred at the VA hospital which collapsed. As a result of that earthquake, building codes were revised to make structures more resistant.
No one can predict the location and timing of an earthquake, but experts say an earthquake of magnitude 7 or greater is expected to hit the region every 100 to 200 years.
“We can’t predict whether an earthquake will strike this time tomorrow, but we can say that earthquakes are likely to occur in this area,” Benjamin Brooks said.