California Compulsory Case Study

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  • California-Multiple Hazard Hotspot
    • Vulnerability
      • 20% below poverty line
      • 70% live within 50km of fault line
      • 8th highest GDP
        • $1.8 trillion
      • buildings on coast or unstable land
      • in denial about hazard risk
    • Capacity To Cope
      • Recovery + Reconstruction plan
        • early 1990's
      • 1993 Short Term Earthquake Response Plan
      • unstable buildings or infrastructure are demolished or re-enforced
        • 1980 - 100 freeway overpasses were re-enforced
      • Seismic Risk Maps
        • informed local government and state preparedness and response plans
      • 1978's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Earthquake Prediction
        • Developed prediction and response plan
    • Hazards
      • Earthquakes
        • Conservative plate boundary
          • North American Plate + Pacific Plate
          • San Andreas Fault
        • Loma Prieta
          • 7.1 magnitude
          • 1018 homes destroyed
          • 366 businesses destroyed
          • 1989 dead
          • 13,757 injured
      • Volcanoes
        • Destructive Plate Boundary
        • none since 1915 - Lassen Peak
      • Landslides
        • Seismic Activity
        • unstable steep land
        • 3-5 jan 1982 - San Francisco Bay Area
          • $66 damages
          • killed 25
      • Drought
        • La Nina
        • anti-cyclones
        • increased wind blowing west from desert areas
          • dry air has no moisture
        • Wildfires  Oct 2007
          • killed 22
          • destroyed 1300 homes
      • Smog
        • highly urbanised (40 million people
        • dry descending air from mountain ttraps vehicle emissions
          • Pollution Plume
        • Can cause Asthma, respiratory problmems
        • can cause premature deaths
  • San Andreas Fault

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