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Quaking In Our Boots

In late July, the Bay Area experience a 4.0-magnitude earthquake, enough to shake people in their beds at 2:41 in the morning, but not enough to break the china. At least one scientist, however, says locals have reason to be shaken up; Tom Brocher, a research geophysicist with the United States Geological Survey, says people should prepare themselves for a major earthquake sooner rather than later.

“The past five major earthquakes on the fault have been about 140 years apart, and now we’re 147 years from that 1868 earthquake,” Brocher told CBS SF, “so we definitely feel that could happen any time.” He suggested people take the necessary steps to prepare for a major quake.

The last big quake to hit the Bay Area left the Marina District with serious damage.

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