Incidental Acts of Spontaneous Cerebral Violence

Thursday, April 15, 2004

All right, who’s coming to visit?

Expert warns California to brace for big quake by September

Russian-born University of California at Los Angeles professor Vladimir Keilis-Borok says he can foresee major quakes by tracking minor temblors and historical patterns in seismic hotspots that could indicate more violent shaking is on the way.

And he has made a chilling prediction that a quake measuring at least 6.4 magnitude on the Richter scale will hit a 31,200-square-kilometer (12,000-square-mile) area of southern California by September 5.

The team at UCLA's Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics accurately predicted a 6.5-magnitude quake in central California last December as well as an 8.1-magnitude temblor that struck the Japanese island of Hokkaido in September.

With my Forrest Gump-ish luck regarding disasters (e.g., missing 9/11 altogether), I’ll be in NYC for my brother’s wedding when it hits.

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