Finding a house to buy is whirlwind of emotions. It’s important understand how future earthquakes might affect you, and which of the natural hazard disclosures to read closely. This is part one of a three-part series looking at the importance of location, location, location when buying a house in earthquake country.
We’ve peered into the terror of the most dangerous places to be during a major earthquake, but for most of us who live in earthquake country, the opposite question is much more relevant.
“Where is the safest place to be during a major earthquake?”
Most of us are familiar with the magnitude ratings used to quantify the strength of earthquakes, but what do those numbers really mean? Learn about the systems scientists use to measure earthquake strength beyond the Richter scale.
What does it feel like to experience an earthquake? Does the ground start rolling like an ocean wave or shake back and forth? What will ‘the Big One’ earthquake feel like? Learn what factors affect earthquake strength and how you can vicariously experience one.
When will the next big earthquake hit? With major fault lines in California, it’s not a matter of if, but when. Learn about fault line cycles, signs of movement, and the interval between major earthquakes along the Hayward fault.