California Earthquake Could Be the Next Katrina - Los Angeles Times
Spooky - consider this. The following is almost like the devil's to-do list. As discussed in this article, FEMA forecast in August 2001 [note the date!] the three most likely catastrophes to strike the US, in order of likelihood:
(1) terrorist attack in NYC [DONE - almost immediately]
(2) major hurricane striking New Orleans [DONE]
(3) major earthquake on the San Andreas fault
A sobering article for Californians. Although this is something we've always known, just prefer not to think about any more than we have to.
Key for California, IMHO: retrofit structures and be prepared (How's your disaster kit?)
That disaster kit business applies to ALL Americans. Is anywhere immune to disaster? Heck, we've dipped into our disaster supplies during power outages and water-shut downs (the latter far too common in my apartment complex!). The emergency supplies were a godsend.