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A 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck near Los Angeles early Monday morning, waking a lot of people up earlier than usual but not causing any immediate reports of major damages or injuries. While millions of Californians are breathing a collective sigh of relief, it is only a matter of time before the next big earthquake hits California. Every Californian knows it isn't a matter of if but when and where the next big one strikes.
The last major earthquake to strike California was the 1994 Northridge quake that killed 61, injured more than 8,500, and caused $15 billion in damage. While there is no scientific measure of determining when the next big one will hit, seismologists are increasingly sounding the alarm that the next big one can cause catastrophic damage to one of California's major cities. The United States Geological Survey recently said that there is a 63 percent chance of a major quake on the San Andreas Fault sometime in the next 22 years and that we need to be prepared for the next big one.
All of America will feel the next major California earthquake if it hits near one of her major cities. A major earthquake that strikes near Los Angeles or San Francisco will have an untold impact on the national economy, but it will undoubtedly by a very negative one. California's economy is the twelfth largest economy in the world and it would be naive to think that the rest of America would not feel the repercussions of a major California earthquake.
It is hard to imagine the impact that the next big earthquake will have on the overall economy of the United States, let alone the untold number of killed and injured it will bring about. A big California earthquake will cause billions if not hundreds of billions of dollars in damage and take years to recover from. The only thing we can do is be as ready as possible for the inevitable day that it strikes.
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