California - A hazard hotspot!
- Sixth largest economy in the world, very popular place to live, beautiful beaches and amazing climate - yet extremely dangerous place to live! The USA's most hazardous state.
- It lies along the San Andrea's fault therefore prone to earthquakes, Pacific plate moves north-westwards past the North American plate > same direction but the Pacific plate moves at 6x the speed.
- The San Andrea's fault is the fracture between them - runs along the Californian coast from LA north to San Francisco. Other fault lines run parallel to major fault - San Francisco built over 2 of them! Faults move regularly!
- Earthquakes in California have high liquefaction risk & a high magnitude risk e.g. World Series Quake in Loma Prieta - 1989 17th October reached 6.9 of the…
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