When the 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook La Habra and surroundings last Friday evening, the question that lingered in everyone’s mind, including residents in the South Bay, was, “are we prepared for another one?”
The Biggest Concerns
While there have already been hundreds of aftershocks from this quake, according to USGS, scientists are saying there could be even more to come. The quake and several aftershocks were felt strongly in the South Bay and there is additional concern about potential hazards from a tsunami in the event of a larger magnitude quake. Beach cities in particular are at greater risk for flooding should a tsunami follow a large earthquake, including Redondo Beach, Venice Beach, Long Beach and others around the South Bay.
Though last week, March 23-29 was Tsunami Preparedness Week, some local residents did not know about the awareness events, nor did they feel adequately prepared with food and other supplies, according to a Daily Breeze article. Although earthquakes cannot be predicted, scientists are saying that “there’s a 97 percent chance in the next 30 years of a magnitude 6.7 or larger”, based on science of faults and earthquake history, so the officials are encouraging residents to take precautionary measures to be prepared.
Ways to Get Prepared
Create Emergency Kits – The Red Cross for the Los Angeles Region provides information on what an emergency kit should contain for any disaster situation. You can also purchase pre-made kits directly from their website that are convenient and ready to go whether you should need to leave an area, or shelter in place.
Do the Research – Find out if your city could be affected by flooding in the event of a tsunami. There are maps that illustrate flood zones through the California Geological Survey to find out if you live or work in a hazard area. You can also register with TsunamiZone.org to learn more about what to do to be safer if you are in one of these zones.
Have a Plan – Officials recommend having an emergency plan that includes moving to a location on higher ground when shaking from an earthquake is felt. Other useful information to have in your plan according to the Red Cross are: contact numbers for family members, designated meeting points, and an out of state emergency contact.
Even if you do not live in a beach city, officials suggest that knowing where these zones are, and knowing the evacuation routes can help us be better prepared for when the next earthquake strikes, no matter where we are at the time.
Powerful magnitude – 4.1 aftershock rattles Southern California — Daily Breeze
More magnitude-3 aftershocks expected in Southern California in coming days — Daily Breeze
La Habra earthquake highlights need for tsunami preparedness in beach cities — Daily Breeze