Storm of Biblical Proportions as Likely as Big Quake

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Screw the "Big One": a coming storm of biblical proportions may prove to be an even greater threat to Southern California than a mega-earthquake along the dreaded San Andreas fault.

So say more than 100 scientists and experts gathered by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to create an "ARkStorm Scenario" that produced a hypothetical storm that showered the region with 10 feet of rain, caused extensive flooding and resulted in more than $300 billion in damage.

Unveiled at a Sacramento summit last week, the ARkStorm relied on California's prehistoric geologic flood history, modern flood mapping and climate-change projections. Its architect is Lucy Jones, the chief scientist of the USGS Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project  and the seismologist out of Caltech the media has been going to for decades whenever big shakers strike California.

 
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"The ARkStorm scenario is a complete picture of what that storm would do to the social and economic systems of California," Jones says in a USGS release.  "We think this event happens once every 100 or 200 years or so, which puts it in the same category as our big San Andreas earthquakes."

The last such mega-storm is believed to have happened in 1861 and lasted for 45 days, flooding extensive areas of the state. Based on Jones' projections, that means the next one could strike during the lifetime of anyone reading this.

To give an idea of what kind of wallop they are talking about, last month's "seven-day storm" that dropped record rainfall on Southern California was a mere, well, drop in the bucket. One-quarter of all homes in the state could suffer flood damage in such a storm, according to Jones.

Marcia McNutt, the USGS director, says in the same release that the information spread at the ARkStorm summit will help communities, first-responders and elected officials buck up for the inevitable.

"The time to begin taking action is now," she warns, "before a devastating natural-hazard event occurs."

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Mthomas102
Mthomas102

Looking forward to my mountain home in Arizonato be ocean front property... and visiting the Grander Canyon as the water rushes thru as a means to recede...

Rj
Rj

No One knows the future. The only that decides is the god. and even though i'm not so religious i still believe in him. he will decide if we die tomorrow or in 100yrs. and the stupid gov should be taking some actions on this matter instead of being wasting money and time on kicking the immigrants out. If this does happen and people die we will die the same. there will be no special treatment because you are the immigrant, governor or any other idiot from the Government. This is what people should be focusing on. not on building stupid shit on the border. that is such a waste on money.

whiffer
whiffer

At least give us some advanced warning so we can turn our sprinklers off.

Sacramento Resident
Sacramento Resident

This storm is hypothetically supposed to hit the Central Valley from what I've read. A 300 mile or so stretch of land from the Sacramento area down to somewhere around Fresno. It will probably affect Southern Cal's population (evacuees), produce supply (from the central valley), and maybe the water supply(coming from the Sierra) if tainted by the flood water.

Mgago16
Mgago16

they cant save everyone. there r people who will die. our nation and gov. r all shit heads and its corrupted. its funny how they tell us this now wen its close to 2012. im so scared for my family and my lil baby girl. if it comes down to it i will shot anyone in the head who gets n my way wen im trying to evac to a spot that at LEAST gives me even 5 extra mins to live. i love life. and yes who ever said that it dont help if they dnt tell us how to prepare... if they do it will b the last min. i love my country but not the people who run it. so lock and load save food n get a plan set up for ur route for ur begining escape out the city.

Rowboat Capitan
Rowboat Capitan

The best place to go in a situation like this is a river bed. A dry, hard river bed. Just add some extra air to your car tires, sit there, and let the current take you away. That's what I plan on doing.

See you there. I'll be the one with the old rowboat on top of my car.

EMERSONALAR
EMERSONALAR

SORRY TO SAY THIS BUT NO ONE KNOWS THE FUTURE BUT GOOD I BEING LIVING IN SOUTHERN CAL SINCE 80` AND THE BIG ONE IS ALWAYS BEING THERE BUT SO FAR WE BEING LOOKY.

Can'tswim
Can'tswim

What I would really like to know is, how big should I make my Ark and can I claim it as an expense?

Ariasmaria14
Ariasmaria14

Im so tired of reading about how is going to happen. I think we deserve to know when they expect it to happen

Jay in Dallas
Jay in Dallas

"We think this event happens once every 100 or 200 years or so...."

100% error factor...or so......Nice....

If it has happened every 100-200 years, what does "global warming" have to do with it?

What to do?

Latina
Latina

This nation needs to start preparing for what's coming, and the Gov needs to do something for all of us

Boy Scout
Boy Scout

Why does the government need to do something for all of us? It's up to people to do something for themselves. Don't rely on anyone, especially the government or a nonprofit like the Red Cross, to come to your assistance. Prepare yourselves by having food, water, and supplies to last atleast a week with no outside help.

Turnbu11
Turnbu11

Actually there needs to be both. There are actions that are beyond the means of individuals that we as a society come together to perform (emergency services to name one). There are also actions that we as individuals need to do, as you enumerated.

Susansocal
Susansocal

It would help if they would talk about what kind of action needs to be taken. Doesn't do us any good to know dooms day is someday. Just like now, cities and homeowners do a terrible job of keeping drains cleared even during a normal seasonal rain.

Albert Barlow
Albert Barlow

There isn't anything that can be done to deal with the amount of water they are talking about.The 1862 storm went for 40 days straight. You simply cannot design a system large enough to accommodate that volume of water but you can set aside a rebuilding fund.

This event demonstrates the utter futility of fear mongering about global warming. When the jet stream shifts it shifts and we don't understand the why enough to begin to predict the when. In 1876 there was a storm that dumped 30 of snow on Big Bear, and it did not compare to the 1862 arcstorm. In 1936 Victorville was flooded.

Or put another way, a 30 strip of road on mile long collects 87,000 gallons of water per inch of rain. Multiply that by all the pavement in L.A. divided by a forty day storm that could drop 120 inches of rain and the only advice that's good is to have emergency supplies and perhaps an inflatable raft as there is no government on the face of the planet that can protect you.

More about rain;http://www.youtube.com/user/AB...

anon
anon

Exactly. And being as I live in an area that floods the streets EVERY time it rains, no matter how little (San Fernando Valley anyone?) I fully expect the dam next door to take out my house. Just make sure you and all of your family knows how to swim.

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