Southern California residents should remain on heightened alert until Tuesday, October 4, for the increased possibility of a major earthquake, officials said.
The warning by the Governor's Office of Emergency Services follows a series of small temblors deep under the Salton Sea, which is located on the 800-mile-long San Andreas fault, the Orange County Register reported Saturday.
The San Andreas fault’s southernmost stretch has not ruptured since about 1680 — more than 330 years ago, scientists estimate. And a big earthquake happens on average in this area once every 150 or 200 years, so experts think the region is long overdue for a major quake.
Are you prepared? Do you have your earthquake kit ready?
- Water: First and foremost, you need water and plenty of it. For drinking, washing, brushing your teeth and for replenishing your commodes for flushing.
- Lighting: Next, you will need flashlights. Candles can’t be used because of the rupturing of the gas lines which would most likely to occur. Lighting a candle after an earthquake could cause your home to explode.
- Tennis Shoes: There will be broken glass all over. Keep a pair of tennis shoes next to your bed.
- Canned Foods and canned food opener: Stock your pantry with canned foods and a canned food opener. This could be your only food until help arrives and this could take up to a week. Grocery stores will be emptied within hours after an earthquake and their cash registers will not work due to power outages. Keep canned food on hand.
- Crank/solar AM/FM radio: Chances are electricity will go out. But you can stay in touch with a crank/solar AM/FM radio like this one (https://www.amazon.com/RunningSnail-Mulit-Pupose-Digital-Weather-Flashlight/dp/B01DLWX2RQ/ref=sr_1_11?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1475251883&sr=1-11&keywords=hand+crank+radio+solar). Something like this device may also be able to charge your cell phone.
- Your car: Always keep your car’s gas tank at least ½ full. Most of the gas stations will not be able to pump gas due to electrical outages that are likely to occur.
- CASH. ATM machines will not be working due to the power outages. It is best to always have at least $100 in reserve cash on hand at all times, including many $1 bills.
For more information on the recent swarms of earthquakes at the southern end of the San Andreas (where we live) click here.